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Federal Green Challenge


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FGC Waste Goals

Relative to your baseline, achieve a 5% increase or reduction in the following activities:

  • Reduce the tons of material generated
  • Increase the tons of material recycled
  • Increase the tons of material composted

Reduce Your Footprint

Prevention/Source Reduction

Municipal Solid Waste

  • Conduct a waste assessment, devise a reduction/diversion program tailored for your facility
  • Minimize paper use and printing
    • Print double-sided and/or multiple pages to one sheet of paper
    • Set printers to double-sided default
    • Install paper use reduction and tracking software
  • Create and distribute materials electronically
  • If you have a cafeteria, use reusable serviceware instead of disposable
  • Reduce packaging waste by purchasing products in bulk
  • Reduce food waste in food service facilities using EPA’s Waste Food and Packaging Toolkit

Construction and Demolition Debris


Municipal Solid Waste


Fact: Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.

Buying Recycled/Recyclable

  • Purchase 100% postconsumer fiber paper products
  • Purchase office products with recycled content
  • Purchase products that are recyclable/compostable at your facility
  • See the Purchasing page for more ideas.


FGC participants can measure progress over time using the Federal Green Challenge Data Management System.Exit

Case Studies (Success Stories)

  • New Composting Program Boosts Waste Diversion
  • Waste Diversion through Cold Composting
  • Recycling Increases Waste Diversion
  • US Postal Service Western Areas
  • Federal Prison Camp in Duluth, Minnesota

More case studies are available at the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Page.