November 15th is America Recycles Day!
In FY 2016, GSA diverted over 40 million pounds of garbage away from landfills through recycling, composting, and reuse. This is equivalent to over 50,000 metric tons (CO2 equivalent) of avoided greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling also avoids landfill disposal costs and generates revenue in some cities. GSA disbursed over $200,000 in recycling revenue to Federal agencies to support pollution prevention programs and Child Care Tuition Assistance.
Federal employees play an important role in reducing the amount of waste generated at Federal facilities. Simple actions such as paperless work habits, double-sided printing, using reusable mugs and lunch containers, and buying recyclable and compostable products can have a large impact on the amount of waste diverted from landfills. These behaviors can contribute to a healthier environment and taxpayer savings.
Consider how you can contribute to reducing waste at your facility. To learn more about pollution prevention and waste reduction visit GSA’s Sustainable Facilities Tool. Navigate to the Green Procurement Compilation of the SF Tool to learn about more environmentally friendly recycled-content and biobased products.