CalRecycle, in partnership with the California Department of General Services, has developed Guidelines for Procurement, Use and End-of-Life Management of Electronic Equipment. The guidelines are designed for State agency procurement officers, information technology staff, surplus property staff managers, and any other staff or managers involved in purchasing, using or managing electronic equipment. Other organizations are welcome to use these resources to improve their procurement, use and end-of-life management of electronic equipment.

A collection of companion documents, distributed as part of training held at the Government Technology Conference (GTC) in May 2003, in Sacramento, are also available. These documents include:

These resource materials can help you implement the guidelines within your organization. You can also review the training presentation from the GTC, or use it to develop a training presentation for your organization.

Future training on the guidelines may be incorporated into the courses offered by DGS Procurement Division

Project Background

These guidelines were developed in partnership with the Department of General Services (DGS), with contracted support from Green Seal, for use by State agencies and other interested parties. Also developed for this project is draft generic "model language" for key environmental considerations with respect to electronic equipment that state agencies can use in developing procurement contracts for electronic office equipment.

Stakeholders had an opportunity to review and comment on two drafts of the guidelines before they were finalized. In addition, an industry stakeholder meeting was held on Tuesday, November 5, 2002 to receive comments from manufacturers and vendors. Comments were received on the second draft during March 2003.

These guidelines are a good first step toward assisting the State take steps to minimize the environmental impacts associated with its procurement of electronic equipment. They will be a basis for fulfilling requirements of new legislation intended to facilitate the management of certain electronic equipment and shape state procurement, SB 20 (Sher), which became law September 25, 2003.

The final report on the project summarizes the activities and deliverables completed.

Please direct comments or questions regarding these documents or this project to Terri Persons (see contact information below).