Anniston Army Depot recycling encourages employees to think blue
Steve Murray of Anniston Army Depot's recycling division attaches a newly painted steel recycling roll-off container to the truck that will take it to the depot's industrial area.

ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- The depot's recycling division is looking a little blue these days and hopes to be more blue in the future. The change enables the installation's workforce to immediately identify recycling bins.

"We want to give recycling a more distinct look throughout the depot," said Lori Thomas, a chemist for the Directorate of Risk Management.

A group of recycling and DRK employees met during a recycling assessment the first week of March to discuss what could be done to make the recycling roll-offs easily recognized. The answer was in color coding. There were already green and gray roll-off containers in use - some for waste management and others for recycling.

Veolia, the company used by the installation for waste management has green containers. Of the 150 roll-off containers in the recycling program, 40 were already blue. So, using the color blue ensured the biggest impact with the least amount of effort.

"Employees should notice a gradual shift to all blue contains with white lettering stating what is to be in the containers," said Suzanne Peoples, the recycling leader.

The recycling assessment, which evaluated the effectiveness and convenience of the recycling program, also developed an idea to disperse recycling locations throughout the installation.

There are currently 42 locations for metal recycling, 18 for wood and four cardboard recycling containers in the industrial area. The plan to consolidate these containers is still in the process of being developed and approved.

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