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Department of Health and Human Services

Make it legal to reuse or recycle cardiac pacemakers

Making it legal to reuse pacemakers could save money in U.S. Federal Government Programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration, etc.

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"A pacemaker device is designed to last anywhere between 6 and 10 years. Though FDA regulations does not permit the recycling of pacemakers for humans in the United States, we have come to find many... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Green IT Waste

Like many agencies we have a warehouse of old and out of date IT hardware. Instead of being held in storage or landfill disposal, agencies should coordinate internally or if possible, throughout the federal government to collect and dispose of IT hardware using recycling centers that provide a cash value for recovered components. These centers protect and secure hardware, recycle plastic, and resell usable components... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Recycling computers and furniture

Every year government recycles computer equipments (desktops, laptops, monitors, printers and unused cartridges) and furniture, most of them in perfectly good working condition. Why not dispense these items to elementary and junior schools in need of these items. An online system can be developed to receive requests from schools desirous of having these surplused items.

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Department of Defense

Recycled and Synthetic lubricants

Transition to a blend of Recycled and Synthetic lubricants for Army Wheeled Vehicles. At least one American Oil company already produces a motor oil that is a synthetic-recycled blend. Adjust the frequency of oil change intervals to match the longer useful life of a synthetic oil (TACOM study can confirm best extended interval, 2-3 times longer than convention oils. Oil would be more expensive but cost would be more... more »

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Department of Defense

Commissary and BX savings

slowly transition from the use of plastic bags in commisaries and BX (base exchanges) worldwide. This transition should take 3 to 5 years. As a transition incintive, give a small discount to individuals who utilize reusable shopping bags (2 or 3%). This environmental and cost savings is already inacted in the privates sector by such companies as Aldies, Sams and Costco.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Computer recycle, reuse

Computers (laptop & desktops) are often replaced because of technology change (update) and/or minimum requirements for new software. Nevertheless many people still happy with their home PC using Windows XP even on some new computers. Computers removed from one agency can be useful in another federal/state goverment agency (schools, students, libraries, rehab programs, etc...). A 2 to 4 years old computer can be updated... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Recycle new & used office supplies at a central location

Here at Central Office for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (in the Department of Health and Human Services), a table recently was set up to display office supplies. Staff bring unwanted items (both new and used) to this table located in a central location in the building, and other staff look over the items and take those items that they will use.

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General Services Administration

Make Flexible Spending Accounts More Flexible

It's great to have a flex spending account, but it's a very cumbersome and inefficient process to actually take advantage of the account. You have to save receipts (paper that could be recycled), then fill out a form(s), print the form(s) (again paper that could be saved & recycled), then fax the form(s), and then wait to see if the expenses will be reimbursed.

Why not issue FSA Visa or Mastercards that are loaded... more »

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Department of Defense

Save money, save paper

Cut back on paper use and waste to save money and help save earth's forests. By assigning a recycling program and program monitor to major government agencies, we can collect the used paper and spot trends in wasteful use of resources (i.e. paper). The monitor can see which specific departments are wasting the most paper and instill new policies to reduce such waste, such as requiring said departments to use their shop... more »

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Executive Office of the President

A Sustainable, Efficient, and Green Solution

I propose a solution that improves the government's use of funds in a sustainable, green, efficient manner that fosters education and creativity while linking the country together and allowing kids to create and explore. I propose the government catch up and do what private industry has been doing for decades. Places like RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) combine industry “waste” and turn trash into treasures for teachers... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Make saving paper a requirement -- stop being nice

There have been many comments about saving paper. This will not happen unless it is mandatory, from limiting the number of printouts for each employee to disabling the cover sheet on printed documents – no one should be printing cover sheets. Make all fax machines computerized, which allows faxes to be received and sent online. Mandate that all meetings are paperless – no agendas, copies of documents, etc., can be used.... more »

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