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Department of Veterans Affairs

Waste Reduction and Recycling at our VA Hospital

The current practice of the Operating Room at our VA Hospital is to put all waste from the operating rooms, restrooms, and lounge into red biohazard bags, which are subsequently burned in an incinerator. Our idea consists of two parts: to reduce unnecessary waste from being burned as well as recycling plastic bottles. Currently before a case gets started in the OR, several plastic bottles (recycle grade 5) are opened... more »

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Department of Defense

Government Cooperation

This idea is for all government agencies and all supply managers. I would welcome comments.

To help promote cross agency cooperation and save money, create a .gov website similar to Craigslist that agencies requisition for excess property and material in a local area. Why should one agency buy new items, like desks or chairs, when another agency has excess material in a local area? After the item has been listed for... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

National recycling program

Mr. President and Secretary Napolitano;

I have an idea that will increase the physical efficiency of ANY government agency it is applied to. This idea is the implementation of a recycling program. I do not mean just assigning an employee in every office to remind people to use the blue bins. I mean an employee who is actively establishing contacts with all required resources and overseeing the recycling as it is... 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 Homeland Security

Replace Three Tires, Not Four

Government fleet vehicles often have in-service lives well in excess of 50,000 miles, usually requiring tires to be replaced at least one time during their service tenure. A new set of four tires can easily cost $700-$800. However, many of these vehicles carry full size spare tires on stock wheels, which are often never put into service.

I suggest rotating a full size spare tire into use during the vehicle's first... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Kick the Can, USA!

As summer interns in the Region 9 office of the Environmental Protection Agency, it has been exciting to see that EPA practices what it preaches! One of the best sustainability initiatives in the San Francisco office is to replace personal trash bins with larger bins in communal areas of each floor. This simple act saves money, reduces landfill waste, and gently encourages recycling.

In the EPA’s San Francisco office,... more »

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Department of Defense

Libility to Asset

The USG holds about $2.5B in used Naval Reactor Fuel that it intends to store in containers that will cost about $0.5B plus the cost of pads and surveillence etc. This fuel could be reprocessed in existing buildings at Idaho and either saved for future use by the Navy or downblended and sold as commercial reactor fuel. Its a 1000 or more jobs for twenty or more years, it reduces by 10 or more the volume of material that... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Effective, Economical, & Commonsense Conservation Measures

The Government can and should increase efficiency and cost-savings through various commonsense conservation measures, including:

• Requiring the default on our printers and copiers to print double-sided. The IT department(s) could set an Organization-wide default, and in those instances where individuals need to print single-sided, it is easy enough to do so. This would save paper, ink, and significant material costs,... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Save Money with Agency Sharing & Recycling of Office Supplies

We in Chicago are fortunate to be surrounded by many Federal buildings housing many different agencies. We were able to participate in an office supply trade with other agencies in the area. It's amazing what supplies some agencies provide. It was like a shopping spree!! Items our office had no use for or things which we had in abundance, (tablets, pens, staplers, etc.) were brought to the "shopping" area and added... more »

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