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Feedback: I am grateful that NIH mail services are back in full, but we had 45 pieces of mail in our box this week—all of them individually wrapped in plastic and with a piece of paper denoting the delivery address. Each one. Individually. That is 45 pieces of plastic in the waste stream and 45 pieces of paper to dispose of. That seems like an enormous waste of time and resources. Is there any indication as to when this practice will stop and mail will be delivered “as is”?
Response from Office of Research Services
DMMS does not individually wrap pieces of mail. However, they do wrap the entire day’s mail delivery in one plastic bag after receiving complaints about wet and damaged mail handled and delivered during inclement weather. Also, plastic bags and paper mail slips are recyclable, and we encourage staff to participate in NIH recycling efforts. If you had 45 pieces of mail in your mailbox, it means you hadn’t checked your mail in a minimum of 45 workdays, so our mail staff also recommend you check your mail more often in case there are important and time-sensitive communiques waiting for you.
Feedback: Will the [concession] stand reopen in Bldg. 31?
Response from ORS
ORS’s Division of Amenities and Transportation Services (DATS) has been in conversation with leaders of the Maryland Business Enterprise Program for the Blind about reopening the Bldg. 31 concession stand, as well as other NIH locations. We have been closely monitoring the food service traffic in the cafeterias to get a sense of food and beverage demand to gauge the consistency of building populations.
This state program has multiple small business owners who operate the various stores. Their responsibility is to ensure there is enough anticipated demand for service to be profitable. Each location is being evaluated independently. Once there is consensus that there is enough sustained traffic expected to be financially viable, we will see them reopen. Check DATS’s food page https://go.nih.gov/K385TpE for updates and operational status.