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Department of Veterans Affairs

Recycle Medication Containers

The orange medication containers that VA prescription drugs come in are #5 recyclable. If bins were located throughout the facility (by entrance/exit doors) and in the outpatient pharmacy area, people could drop off their empty medication containers, as they keep appointments or place their refill orders.
These medication containers could then be recycled and reused thus saving the VA and US citizens money, lessen... more »

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Department of Defense

Recycling program

We waste billions of dollars every year consuming resources that should be marked as non-expendable. Many other countries make it mandatory that trash gets recycled. We can start by making it mandatory that government facilities recycle. We can do away with all trash cans and install a huge recycling bin in the buildings. We, government imployees, are all trained to keep a clean working environment. If there isn't trash... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

What A Waste!

We give our veterans lots of aluminum cans of gingerale, metal cans of Ensure, plastic containers of juice; and it all goes in the trash! Can we not establish a recycling effort at the VA Hospital so all these very recyclable items can be reused in the future! Small bins in the patient rooms with the 3 choices (cans, plastic, paper) could save a ton of unnecessary waste in the regular trash, which adds to the cost of... more »

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General Services Administration

Federal Freecycle for Federal Agency Administrators

Federal agencies should establish a “freecycle” like email listserv or website page in each region or metropolitan area to make available no-longer-needed items to other federal agencies that can use them. Agencies can circulate either “OFFERS” or “WANTS” to other agencies.

Freecycle is a concept that has found widespread acceptance throughout the country, and the same idea can be applied within the federal sector.... 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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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 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

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

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 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 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 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 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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