Notwithstanding provisions of law requiring a contracting agency to award a contract to the lowest responsible bidder or best proposer or provider of a quotation and subject to subsection (2) of this section, a contracting agency charged with the procurement of goods for any public use shall give preference to the procurement of goods manufactured from recycled materials.
A contracting agency shall give preference to goods that are certified to be made from recycled materials if:
The recycled product is available;
The recycled product meets applicable standards;
The recycled product can be substituted for a comparable nonrecycled product; and
The recycled product’s costs do not exceed the costs of nonrecycled products by more than five percent, or a higher percentage if a written determination is made by the contracting agency. [2003 c.794 §17]