DEH returns 100% of toner cartridges used in the Department back to the manufacturers. Of this, approximately 80% are remanufactured into new toners. DEH has had no difficulties with quality or performance when purchasing remanufactured cartridges.
Brisbane City Council recently switched to the purchase of Australian made recycled content paper. The unit cost was slightly higher than their previous paper, but the switch was part of a coordinated paper use reduction campaign. The savings from these initiatives offset the costs of switching papers.
A 1998 US Department of Interior (DOI) RFP for environmentally preferable custodial services cleaning products to be low toxicity, noncarcinogenic and biodegradable; to reduce skin, eye, and respiratory irritability; and to be without unnecessary fragrances, or dyes. The winning bid was the most environmentally preferable, the least expensive of the bids submitted, and was less than the price of the current contract.
The Department of the Environment and Heritage has committed to the ongoing recycling of fluorescent tubes from its operations. This ensures that the mercury contained in the tubes is diverted from landfill. This commitment includes compact fluorescent tubes from task lighting.
The Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines and Best Practice Guidance (CPGs) already require agencies to take environmental policies, programmes, costs and benefits into account as part of the overall Value for Money of a good or service.