USDA to Hold Webinar on Biobased Products in Operations and Cleaning

Following the success of its webinar on the BioPreferred Federal Procurement Preference Program in November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide another technical seminar on December 6, 2011, 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST via live streaming. The webinar will focus on biobased products in operations, maintenance, and cleaning.

According to the USDA, the seminar is designed for personnel in Federal Agencies and Federal contractor organizations, state and local governments, colleges and universities, and all those who want to learn more about biobased products and the Federal procurement preference for biobased products. Experts who will discuss success stories and best practices include Ed Murtagh of the Office of Operations (USDA), Bill Balek of ISSA (The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association), and USDA BioPreferred Program Manager Ron Buckhalt. To register to this webinar, visit this BioPreferred Seminar Page.

The USDA previously held a webinar on November 1, 2011, to provide an overview on the BioPreferred Federal Procurement Preference Program. Speakers of the seminar entitled “From Awareness to Action: The BioPreferred Federal Procurement Preference Program” were Mr. Buckhalt and Linda Mesaros, the president of Mesaros Associates, Inc., which provides environmental and energy procurement consulting services. The archived webcast is found in this page.

Round 8 – USDA Proposes 13 New Product Categories

The USDA BioPreferred Program is proposing 13 new product categories for federal procurement with the following minimum biobased content as measure via ASTM D6866:

  1. Air Fresheners and Deodorizers – 97%
  2. Asphalt and Tar Removers – 80%
  3. Asphalt Restorers – 68%
  4. Blast Media – 94%
  5. Candles and Wax Melts – 88%
  6. Electronic Components Cleaners – 91%
  7. Floor Coverings (Non-Carpet) – 91%
  8. Foot Care Products – 83%
  9. Furniture Cleaners and Protectors – 77%
  10. (10) Inks

    * Inks – News (used primarily to print newspapers) – 32%

    * Inks – Printer Toner (powdered chemical for printers with advanced fusing mechanisms and print speeds of 25 pages per minute or greater) – 20%

    * Inks – Printer Toner (powdered chemical for printers with standard fusing mechanisms and print speeds of less than 25 pages per minute) – 34%

    * Inks – Sheetfed (Black) – 49%

    * Inks – Sheetfed (Color) – 67%

    * Inks – Specialty (inks used to add extra characteristics to their prints for special effects or functions, e.g. CD printing, erasable, FDA compliant, invisible, magnetic, scratch and sniff, thermochromic, and tree marking inks) – 66%

  11. Packaging and Insulating Materials – 82%
  12. Pneumatic Equipment Lubricants – 67%
  13. Wood and Concrete Stains – 39%

The USDA published the proposed rule in the US Federal Register on September 14, 2011. Public comments were accepted until November 14, 2011.

ASTM D6866 Biobased Content Testing

ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited Beta Analytic Inc. provides high-quality ASTM D6866 testing services to the biobased industry with a turnaround time of three to five days. The lab has provided biobased content analysis since the ASTM standard was first published in 2004. The method was developed by ASTM International at the request of the USDA for its BioPreferred Program.

Beta Analytic is not affiliated with ASTM International, the USDA, or the BioPreferred Program.

This entry was posted on Monday, December 5th, 2011 and is filed under Beta Analytic in North America, Biobased Products, Bioplastic, Ecolabels .