Until October, 1999, the Bureau of Procurement provided a number of recycling resources for both state and local government purchasing agents. At that time, 98% of the paper purchased by Wisconsin state agencies and university campuses for copying and printing was recycled-best state procurement record in the nation. While the government purchasing requirements of the Recycling Law remain essentially the same, DOA support functions have been eliminated by 1999 Wisconsin Act 9, the state budget. DOA will no longer maintain the recycled product clearinghouse, and will no longer closely monitor state agency paper purchases. But because DOA still has the responsibility to ensure compliance by agencies with state law, the “buy recycled only” paper policy will remain in effect:
DOA statewide paper and printing contracts will carry recycled paper to the extent possible,
DOA contract vendors will report exceptions to recycled paper to the contract administrators, and
Agency exception reports (formerly sent to DOA) will be retained by each agency.
See Procurement Information Memorandum 99-057 for further details. Compliance with the Recycling Law by state agencies will become part of the regular DOA audit process.
For further information, contact the appropriate Bureau commodity specialist:
State Bureau of Procurement