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Legislative Branch

Mandatory Recycling in DoD

Require all Federal and/or DoD installations to recycle. Not only that recycling is "available" but that it is MANDATORY.
The average estimates for installations that offer recycling is about 35% recycled. The goal is about 50%. In reality, we are federal employees and we know how to follow regulations. If recycling was required, we could make this percentage closer to 90% and provide HUGE cost avoidance savings.... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Reusing Styrofoam Boxes/Packages

While working at the NIH I see a lot of shipping materials arriving by Styrofoam boxes. We do not reuse or recycle them. They go to the trash straightaway. There is no policy that I know for recycling them. The danger is styrofoam is non-degradable, and it can last FOR EVER as pollutant in the environment. Even metals, such as iron and tin, degrade over a period of hundreds of years but not the styrofoam.

We MUST reuse... more »

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General Services Administration

Single stream recycling

Single stream requires one desk side bin for all recyclables. No more blue bins. No more separate pickup for mixed paper. Glass, metal, plastics, and paper all go in the same bin.It is expected that single stream recycling will increase recycling, changing the waste stream to 80 percent recycled and 20 percent trash. This type of recycling will save the government millions of dollars in waste disposal costs while also... 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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Environmental Protection Agency

Can the (trash) Cans

Many industries have saved money by adopting a zero waste goal (example: Toyota). Choose one agency (EPA) to pilot an apporach to zero waste by removing all trash containers from desk areas and adding recycling along with centralized trash cans. It sends a message that federal employess think before they waste, and it saves money and recyling reduces GHG emissions. If successful - require all goverment building to... more »

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General Services Administration

Standardize Recycling - Increase Innovation

Waste - trash and recycling should not be different from one state or even city to the next. We need to flip our idea of waste to a commodity to allow for single stream across the nation (including Alaska where there is no recycling???) where then refuse haulers are provided incentives or tax deductions to trade the materials as commodities for others to use them for innovative products or services.
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Department of Justice

BOP Make it easier to work with other agencies and depts.

There are 5 major government agencies located within 35 miles of our institution. BOP, Dept of agriculture, Forest Service (is that Dept of Ag too?), Park Service (or is it this one in dept of AG), and Social Security.
The paperwork to work with each agency is almost prohibitive, along with staff from each one not wanting to deal with it as well. Particularly when it comes to recycling.
If they all consolidated their... more »

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Department of Justice

BOP centralize recycling issues and equipment

All institutions in the BOP are required to recycle, it's part of the wardens PWP. But, each joint is left to fend for itself on programs, and more importantly, equipment.

Composting, selling cardboard and plastic, steel, and pallets are big areas that need attention. The central office should oversee this, not each institution. Why have 30 separate programs? Have 1, and everyone follow it.

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Department of Commerce

Start Government Thrift Stores

So we have the Salvation Army and Goodwill where people make donations of their personal belongings for others to purchase, why not start a government thrift store for items no longer in use by government offices? This is a great way to re-use items that often get thrown out. This would also generate income for the government to help pay off the national deficit. You could take all the DRMO items and turn them into profit... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Rent Medical Devices Instead of Giving Them Away

The federal government's should stop giving away medical devices that get thrown in the garbage or resold. Medicare also has a program permitting rental of equipment, but that program nees to be expanded. Medicare gives away walkers, cruches, powerchairs, and ergonomic boots to people who might only need them for a few weeks or months. Beneficiaries then resell at garage sales or throw them in hte garbage. Veterans... more »

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Department of Education

Environmental Regulations for All Public Schools

Dear Mr. President and Mr. Vice President:

Congratulations for opening this important dialogue!

As a former MA & GA Teacher, and now a current DC Public School Teacher, I have been appalled at the enormous waste generated by our public schools, nation-wide.
I have worked with my principal for 2 years, trying to get a simple recycling program started in our building. We asked the Mayor's office, the DOE, and even private... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Recycling!!

I think the community, environment, and VA organization would benefit from installing some type of recycling program at the VA hospitals. We should consider placing blue recycle bins labeled "aluminum/plastic only". Many staff members already recycle as a way to reduce thier inpact on the enviroment. Installing recycling bins in the hallways of the hospital would inspire people to recycle more often. In addition,... more »

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Department of Energy

GOING GREEN

With our world today, our natural resources are diminishing, and we are trying to do what we can to reserve them.
Solar panels could be built, and save money spent on energy throughout time. Small solar panels can power small things throughout our facilities, if the government does not want to spend millions on huge solar panels. A great way to promote going green could be installing solar panels on the GEMS (Green Environmental... more »

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