Showing 35 ideas for tag "recycle"

Department of Commerce

Recycling Government Property

I propose that government agencies invoke an active recycling program for obsolete government property, such as computers and equipment, to benefit workplace and community.

As technology advances, obsolete equipment and electronics occupying valuable space could be routed to recycling centers, which can safely dispose of or reuse the valuable components. Benefits include newly free workspace, increased productivity,... more »

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Department of the Interior

Reduction and Modernization

I propose that our govt move into a new era where paper decisionmaking is a thing of the past. Technology exists where secure signatures and sharing networks can bring our offices up to the year 2011. We can reduce the burden on our forests and recycling centers! We can reduce the time it takes to get a document from one decisionmaker to another by using software that allows all decisionmakers to view and sign document... more »

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Legislative Branch

Supplies Sharing

Many offices maintain office supplies and equipment, and have an excess of items that are often new and barely used. In many instances, these items go unused or shelves, and will, at some point, be discarded or donated. Yet, it is likely that someone within the Federal Government has need of them now. Rather than placing an order for items, or going without, what if a database were created for listing and describing... more »

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Legislative Branch

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We go through so much paper, in the shredder, in the waste basket, and so on - can't we find a way to recycle this in cooperation with another company? Put all recycles in separate containers and keep them off to the side until they can be retrieved, just like residential? Or even sell the aluminum for money back to pay for cofee, donuts, or a treat day? Encourage recycling by putting them right by the vending machines... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

We throw out tons of Food every day. Recycle and reuse

Every day we throw out tons of Food and organic material. from gov. cafeterias, and 'take out' meals, etc. Collect it and compost, recycle for mulch and topsoil for gov landscapes, gardens for growing vegetables, schools, etc. Feed the homeless with unused staples, like day old bread, etc. Feed livestock with lightly used items.

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Department of Homeland Security

UNIFORM ALLOWANCE AND RECYCLING

At the end of every year, your uniform allowance becomes use or lose.

Minimize the allowance slightly and allow for rollover of unused moneys, and people would feel less compelled to spend it, and may even promote the saving of unused moneys.

Also implement uniform recycling.

I once tried to return a bunch of old uniforms, that no longer fit, or were unused because they weren't the right size. I was not looking for... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services - IMB

Got Power?

Waste incineration can be done at the massive federal complexes like already done at hospitals.

Also being done in Virginia. Set up furnaces to incinerate the office waste including print and then use steam turbines to generate electricity. Incinerate papers un-shredded (!) as well as those daily litter generated at our workplaces, cafeterias and yard care.

For now they end up in landfills someplace far away, ‘shredded’... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

NIH/NIAID FreeStuff website: Reuse, Recycle, Resource

We are building a user-friendly website where staff can post, search, and exchange equipment and supplies they no longer need. NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. Our intramural research programs require substantial operational expenses, including... more »

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Department of Defense

Recycle plastics at deployed locations.

We should implement recycling of all recyclable materials on military installations, but specifically in forward operating locations where the climate is extremely hot (where feasible). For example, in my current location, I use an average of 12 bottles of water a day. Assuming that most other members are drinking the same amount, which is a huge amount of plastics just being thrown away every day. If we could sell... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Recycling

We waste thousands of large plastic containers daily, simply because there is no recycling sytem in place at the VA. This includes large containers of used cranberry, lemonade, fruit punch and apple juices daily on each unit. Not to mention all the wasted paper, cardboard, aluminum etc. We should research other company's who have implemented cost saving recycling systems successfully (like Target for example) and adopt... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Recycling in the VA Medical Centers

There should be recycling bins for cans and bottles in the cafeterias and vending areas. In New Jersey, there are none, and I would guess that there are many other VA Medical Centers around the country that do not have this in place either.

Also, in the offices and clinics, there does not seem to be a paper recycling process, with the exception of the shredder boxes. There is a significant amount of paper that can be... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Recycling

At the VA Boston there is no visible comprehensive recycling plan. Employees use tons of recyclable products daily. Throwing away cans and bottles is a shame…but the paper is unacceptable. Almost all of the waste on my floor is paper. And right now we try to put as much paper as we can for the bins for sensitive data. But there really needs to be a can for paper and bottles on every floor. It would be very easy to implement... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Going Green in style while helping others

-All vehicles to be energy efficient such as the Ford Fusion which would allow for less gas spent.

-Recycling should be done of cardboard, glass, aluminum. The funds should be put back into rewards for employees pushing for ways to save money in the form of monetary or days off.

-paper should be shredded, but recycled to be used in other ways.

-More solar panels, wind turbines and overall power saving devices.... more »

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Department of Defense

Use of recycled water for irrigation

The command I work at is about 1 mile from the sewage treatment plant. After treatment the water can be used for industrial uses but doesn't meet the drinking water standard. I suggest the water from the plant be piped over for irrigation of lawns, cooling, steam and other industial uses. This would save the command from buying city water. If not reused, the treated water is discharged into the bay by the treatment... more »

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