"Recycling supports the Army's key vision of sustainability. As our Army transforms to a more agile, responsive and mobile force, reducing impact and dependence on environmental resources is an important mission multiplier. Achieving sustainability requires effort and commitment by all Soldiers, Civilians and Families to think and act in a sustainable way, enabling the Army to meet present and future mission needs in a global security environment of decreasing natural resources and increasing demand," -Secretary of the Army Pete Geren.
America Recycles Day
What is it? America Recycles Day, Nov. 15, 2007, is the nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. Celebrating its 10th year, America Recycles Day promotes the social, economic and environmental benefits of recycling. On this day each year, millions of Americans become better informed about the importance of daily recycling and buying recycled products. Army Soldiers and Families, and the installations they call home, have been a part of America Recycles Day from the beginning.
What has the Army done?
- The Fort Hood Solid Waste and Recycle Team received a 2007 White House Closing the Circle Award in pollution-prevention for its "Every Waste a Reuse Opportunity" program. Environmental experts there trained more than 11,000 community members on recycling and environmental awareness. The post avoided costs of more than $2.5 million in 2006 through its Qualified Recycling Program, compost recycle program, inert material management, deconstruction management, special waste management, and the electronics waste recycling program.
- The Fort Lewis Pollution Prevention Team diverted more than 725 tons of organic material and 1,400 tons of waste wood from its solid waste stream and avoided $174,000 in disposal costs by reusing lumber and other resources from building deconstruction. Fort Lewis is determined to meet zero net waste by 2025.
- In FY2006, Letterkenny Army Depot reported a 58 percent solid waste diversion rate in the amount of 4,756 tons. It accomplished this goal by implementing aggressive reuse, recycling and reclamation programs. One of these programs included collecting diesel fuel drained from vehicles being overhauled and recycled this fuel for reuse in the main heating plant. This action saves disposal costs and reduces the need to purchase new fuel oil. The depot also set up a program to sell its used motor oil through a qualified recycling agent.
- Radford Army Ammunition Plant has eliminated the environmental toxin "red water," and its estimated $1 million annual disposal bill, from the production of TNT. New by-products can be recycled as useful material in other industries, and can also be sold to generate income.