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Waste Diversion Activities

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EPA is exceeding its federal waste diversion requirements through the following activities:

Waste diversion efforts, initiatives, and best practices underway at EPA facilities are highlighted below.

Regional Offices

EPA regional offices use the following best practices to implement their waste diversion programs and work toward achieving their waste diversion goals:

Laboratories

EPA laboratories use the following best practices to implement their waste diversion programs and work toward achieving their waste diversion goals:

Headquarters

EPA's HQ facilities in Washington, DC, and Arlington, Virginia, work to continuously improve recycling and other waste diversion practices. HQ facililties recycle a wide array of items:

Photo of Region 4's magazine exchange rack.

EPA employees find creative ways to reduce their waste, such as using a flowerpot (left) as a trash container instead of a traditional trash can (right), at EPA's Region 9 Laboratory in Manchester, Washington.

Under the theme “Bin There, Done That,” EPA created Slim Bin, the EPA recycling mascot, to motivate employees to continue recycling at events throughout the year. In the past, HQ has held a recycling competition on America Recycles Day and an employee electronics recycling event during Earth Day Week. In FY 2009, HQ achieved a 37 percent recycling rate, and it is continuing its efforts to decrease waste and improve employee participation in the program.

HQ's Potomac Yard office has led the way in advancing waste diversion through the efforts of its Green Team. Since 2007, the team has launched various initiatives such as a “bring your own” utensil, cloth napkins, and plate policy for luncheons, use of rechargeable batteries for computer mice and keyboards, and expanded office supply reuse. In 2010, Potomac Yard began a pilot project to collect and compost food scraps generated at the office. EPA is looking to replicate the sucess of Potomac Yard's Green Team by forming additional Green Teams at other HQ facilities.


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