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Re: Boise Cascade Office Products

Wouldn't it be great to suggest that they undertake developing an EMS or
even better, apply for National Performance Track.   Maybe with an EMS
that includes a strong P2 component,  they will consider such issues
before they become problems.


Diane D. Buxbaum,  M.P.H.
Environmental Scientist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  Region 2
290 Broadway, 21 East
New York, NY 10007
phone: 212-637-3919
fax: 212-637-4086
email: buxbaum.diane@epa.gov

                      Gallagher                 To:      Monica Wenzel <monica_wenzel@nmenv.state.nm.us>,   
                      <patg@lanl.gov>           "Forcella, Domenic (Public Safety)"                         
                      Sent by:                  <ForcellaD@mail.ccsu.edu>                                   
                      owner-p2tech@grea         cc:      'p2tech' <p2tech@great-lakes.net>                  
                      t-lakes.net               Subject: Re: Boise Cascade Office Products                  
                      05/16/02 02:54 PM                                                                     
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These folks are one of our largest vendors for JIT procurement.  We have
worked with them in the past to reduce this kind of wasteful packaging
and are just about to approach them again about it.  I will keep you

Pat Galllagher

At 07:59 AM 5/16/2002 -0600, Monica Wenzel wrote:
      Los Alamos National Laboratory deals with Boise Cascade- here's
      how they solved the packaging waste problem:

      Boise Cascade, office supplies vendor for the Laboratory, was
      shipping individually packaged items.  This caused Laboratory
      requesters to complain that there was much more packaging than
      necessary.  Monica Lucero, a Procurement Contract Assistant in
      BUS-5, improved the ordering-shipping process. This improvement
      enabled Boise Cascade to consolidate several items into one
      package--when they were all going to the same requester. This
      greatly reduced the amount of packing material, while maintaining
      accountability for each item. A secondary benefit is that Boise
      Cascade is no longer repackaging items from their wholesalers
      prior to shipping them to the Lab. Both these improvements
      minimize sanitary waste generation and avoid the cost of the extra

      Everyone who deals with Boise Cascade should request the same

      Monica Wenzel

      "Forcella, Domenic (Public Safety)" wrote:
              Does anyone on the list deal with this company?The amount
            of wasted packaging is a crime!I watched as a box 6" x 6" x
            8" was used to ship 2 packagesof labels which measured
            3x5x1/2 each.  That was oneof4 boxes and an envelope used to
            fill our order.  All of which could have fit in 1.just had
            to get this out.D Forcella

Pat Gallagher
Hazardous and Sanitary Waste Minimization Project Leader
Los Alamos National Laboratory
PO Box 1663, MS E517
Los Alamos, NM 87545
505-665-8118 (fax)