June 24 — San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom signed landmark environmental legislation June 17 that will phase out the city government's use of toxic products by adopting a green product procurement policy.
San Francisco is the first city in the nation to adopt such an ordinance.
The city's Precautionary Purchasing Ordinance requires San Francisco buildings and services to buy more environmentally friendly products, such as greener janitorial supplies. The law also will phase out toxic pesticide use and lumber pressure-treated with chromated copper arsenate in playgrounds.
The city will use full-cost accounting to evaluate alternative products, taking into account not only raw materials and transportation costs but disposal and possible environmental and health costs as well. The ordinance will impact some $600 million a year in spending on products and services.
Deborah Elaine Barrie
4 Catherine Street
Smiths Falls, On
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