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Legislative Branch

Recycle for Cash

When I was in school, I remembered that we always had fund-raising events to help offset the cost of school supplies, or to pay for field trips, or to purchase team gear and uniforms. Of course, we sold pounds and pounds of candy, but what I remember being the easiest way to raise money was our paper drives.

Our office already has a recycling program for paper waste. What if we take it a step further. We can recycle... more »

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Social Security Administration

Use anti-bacterial material to build government furniture

We can save on paying for sick leave and many topical cleaning supplies by making desks and chairs out of anti-bacterial material, such as rhinolin, for example. Many products also contain recycled materials. I've read that these materials will destroy bacteria without the use of any chemical or cleaning fluids.

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Department of Transportation

A Greener Government.

I want to suggest a new recycling program for our agency and others.. I think the potential for recycling is greater then how we use it now and the possibilities for growth are endless....


Do Federal Agencies receive anything back for the materials recycled? If not, Why? Why not reclaim some of the money the government used to purchase the materials in the first place? There is expired, old, and damaged materials,... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Recycling Bins

Recycle - To the best of my knowledge, there are no recycling bins in the large federal building in which I work. Shouldn't the federal government lead the way in the "green" endeavour? There should be recycling bins on each floor in a federal building for paper, glass, and plastic.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Community Resource Exchange

I suggest that DHHS develop a social support web application that helps communities address their own health and human services needs by facilitating the transfer of goods, services, and information from community members who have more than they need to community members who have less than they need. I believe that the typical community in the US has a significant store of human resources unemployed or underemployed... more »

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Department of Defense

Electronic paper to save energy, money, trees, and clutter

Paper in some sense is the bane of our existence in the government. Let's use "electronic paper" (ePaper) instead of real paper. Since the technology used in Kindles and Nooks are now becoming mature, we could replace billions of physical pieces of paper with energy-efficient readers (similar to Kindle). This technology is extremely efficient, as it only uses electrical power to change the contents of a page, and holds... more »

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Department of Energy

reverse the moritorium on recycling metal items from radioactive management areas

Recycle NON-radioactive metal items coming from radioactive management areas(RMMAs). "Clean" metals from RMMAs are currently sent for disposal (sometimes as hazardous waste) instead of recycling these items that are not radioactive. Items such as batteries and used lamps from RMMAs must be disposed instead of recycled due to the moritorium. However, these items can be surveyed and released for use JUST LIKE OTHER (non-metal)... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

"Recycle Supplies Week"

Implement an annual “Recycle Supplies Week”. Employees can take the opportunity to clean their areas and return unused or useable office supplies back to the centralized department that maintains and distributes office supplies. If there are office locations without a centralized area then develop one or assign them to an existing location. Most of us are guilty of gradually hoarding supplies. Years go by with our... more »

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