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Waste and Pollution Prevention

Goal 5: Pollution Prevention & Waste Reduction

GSA diverted 43 percent of non-hazardous solid waste generated in 374 facilities from landfills through its recycling programs, generating $1.3 million in recycling revenues. The recycling revenues were distributed to Federal agencies participating in GSA's building recycling programs, and support the Child Care Tuition Assistance Program and pollution prevention programs.  GSA also expanded food waste organics composting to 29 buildings.

Evaluation Measures and Successes
GSA diverted 43 percent of its non-hazardous solid waste from landfills in 374 facilities through its recycling programs, generating $1.3 million in recycling receipts and avoiding an estimated $2.8 million in landfill disposal costs.

Planned Actions

-In late FY 2013, GSA will develop a communication plan and educational materials, guidance, and training to promote waste reduction at GSA owned buildings, primarily for property managers. One of the educational components is the development of a Solid Waste Module in Sustainable Facilities Tool ( to promote pollution prevention and green procurement. GSA will also initiate a pilot study of onsite landscape waste composting at 4 GSA facilities in separate climate areas-- California, Texas, Colorado, and Ohio-- to test low-cost, small-scale onsite composting methods.

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