Text: H.R.242 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

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HR 242 IH
102d CONGRESS
1st Session
 H. R. 242
To require Congress to purchase recycled paper and paper products to the
greatest extent practicable.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 3, 1991
Mr. ANDERSON (for himself, Mr. KYL, Mr. AUCOIN, Mr. SHAYS, Mr. NATCHER,
Mr. PEASE, Mr. CLINGER, JR., Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. GORDON, Mr. DURBIN, Ms. PELOSI,
Mr. TORRES, Mr. HOCHBRUECKNER, and Mrs. LOWEY of New York) introduced the
following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration
A BILL
To require Congress to purchase recycled paper and paper products to the
greatest extent practicable.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
  This Act may be cited as the `Congressional Recycling Act of 1991'.
SEC. 2. REQUIREMENT FOR CONGRESS TO PURCHASE RECYCLED PAPER AND PAPER PRODUCTS.
  (a) PAPER PURCHASED BY CONGRESS- (1) The Clerk of the House of
  Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate shall take such action
  as may be necessary to assure that recycled paper and paper products are
  used to the greatest extent practicable in the operations of the House
  of Representatives and the Senate, respectively. Any decision not to use
  recycled paper or paper products shall be based on a determination that such
  items are (A) not available, or (B) available only at an unreasonable price.
  (2) In carrying out the requirement of paragraph (1), the Clerk of the
  House and the Secretary of the Senate shall, at a minimum, take such action
  as may be necessary to assure that recycled paper or paper products are
  purchased under each contract, or subcontract under a contract, for the
  procurement of 10,000 pounds or more of paper or paper products.
  (b) PAPER PURCHASED FOR CONGRESSIONAL PURPOSES- The Public Printer shall
  take such action as may be necessary to assure that, in providing printing
  and other services to the House of Representatives, the Government Printing
  Office uses recycled paper and paper products to the greatest extent
  practicable. Any decision not to use recycled paper or paper products shall
  be based on a determination that such items are (A) not available, or (B)
  available only at an unreasonable price.
  (c) UNREASONABLE PRICE- The Clerk of the House of Representatives and
  the Secretary of the Senate, in consultation with the Public Printer,
  shall determine the price or range of prices that shall be considered
  unreasonable for purpose of this Act.
  (d) DEFINITIONS- For purposes of this Act:
  (1) The term `paper and paper products' includes printing and writing paper,
  corrugated boxes, napkins, tissue paper, and such other paper and paper
  products as may be considered necessary or appropriate to be included in
  such term by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, the Secretary of
  the Senate, or the Public Printer in implementing this Act.
  (2) The term `recycled paper and paper products' means paper and paper
  products that contain the level of recovered material recommended by
  the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in guidelines
  for Federal procurement of paper and paper products containing recovered
  materials, prepared pursuant to section 6002 of the Solid Waste Disposal
  Act (42 U.S.C. 6962).
SEC. 2. ANNUAL REPORTS.
  Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the
  Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate,
  in consultation with the Public Printer, shall each publish a report
  on the implementation of this Act in the House of Representatives and
  the Senate, respectively. Each report shall include information on the
  progress and problems associated with such implementation, and findings
  and recommendations with respect to such implementation.