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Census trash will benefit baby feds

By Ed O'Keefe

What will the government do with the millions of 2010 Census questionnaires once it's done counting them next year? Shred them, sell the recyclable scraps and then give the money to federal childcare facilities, according to Census Director Robert Groves.

Groves shared the details during an interview broadcast Monday on Federal News Radio.

The National Processing Center in Indiana shreds and bales the paper once Census Bureau computers have scanned the data on the paper questionnaires, according to the agency. The General Services Administration then sells the bales of paper to contractors. The proceeds go back to the Commerce Department, which by law must use the money for environmental or employee wellness programs, including its child care facilities.

Incidentally, the Government Printing Office prints the 600 million questionnaires on 30 percent recycled paper. The Census Bureau has already printed roughly 425 million questionnaires for mailing next Spring.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 26, 2009; 7:40 PM ET
Categories:  Census  
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Comments

600 million?

To count approx 310million people?

I don't get the math.

Posted by: lquarton | October 28, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

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