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Janitorial employees at the Juvenile Justice Center are the key to implementing a comprehensive green cleaning program at this facility.

Janitorial Cleaning Products

Choosing green products to clean County buildings is an important step in creating the healthiest environment possible for our janitorial staff and building occupants while minimizing our impact on the environment and providing a high level of service. We use Green Seal certified cleaning products throughout the County.

How We Did It:

  • Issued the solicitation as a Request for Proposal (RFP) to allow us to evaluate bids based on the best value for the County.
  • Specified that products must carry one of the following third party eco-labels: Green Seal (version 2008 or later), EcoLogo, or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment (DfE).
  • Involved janitorial staff from the very beginning of the process and worked with them to conduct product testing to ensure performance prior to selecting the winning bid.

Challenges:

  • Green cleaners are sanitizers, not disinfectants. We had to allow disinfectant cleaners in some areas, such as in our correctional facilities.
  • Switching to green cleaning practices requires some operational changes that take time and training to implement. We required the winning vendor to provide training at no charge.

Benefits:

  • Transitioning to the latest in cleaning technology contributes to a healthy workplace and reduces our impact on the environment.
  • New products use controlled dilution systems that take the guess work out of mixing concentrated cleaning chemicals with water. Dilution systems eliminate the need to hand mix chemicals and can increase safety and save money by preventing over-concentration of cleaning solutions.
  • Reduced the number of chemicals used for general cleaning from up to 10 to just two or three.

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