Every year for the annual achievement awards, the Department of Labor gives out plaques to every person who gets an award. Over the last 15 years, I have accumulated a stack of about 20 wood, felt, and metal plaques that cannot be recycled or re-used. For these kinds of annual recognition awards, I wouldn't mind a simple paper or electronic certificate (especially since the Department has now starting attaching a monetary award to the annual achievement awards). Save the plaques and trophies for something truly rare and special.
Idea No. 2200