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America Recycles Day 2008

What is it?

Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day, a celebration instituted 10 years ago by the National Recycling Coalition to encourage Americans to reduce the amount of trash going into landfills by recycling and buying recycled products. The Installation Management Command and the U.S. Army Environmental Command encourage Army Soldiers, families, civilians and contractor staff to save natural resources by making a conscious effort to recycle paper, glass and plastic.

What has the Army done?

Installations across the Army have well-developed solid waste disposal programs. As an institution, the Army diverts almost 65 percent of its solid waste from landfills. That number is even higher for demolition and construction waste. The Army diverts 74 percent of those materials from landfill disposal, effectively recycling almost a million tons of wood, metal, wire and other building supplies.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army's recycling practices resulted in a $110 million total Army savings in landfill disposal costs in fiscal 2007. Sustainable practices such as recycling also enable the Army to strengthen readiness; improve installation operations; reduce costs and minimize impacts; and enhance the well-being of our families and community neighbors.

What's planned for the future?

In the long term, benefits from incorporating recycling and other sustainability efforts into installation environmental management systems will achieve zero net waste. In the near term the Army is promoting the following activities in recognition of America Recycles Day.

- Cell phones for Soldiers: Join Cell Phones for Soldiers Network. Installations can become a designated drop off site for old cell phones. Phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone- enough to provide an hour of talk time to Soldiers abroad.

- Electronics recycling: Reduce the amount of difficult-to-recycle items, such as old televisions and household electronics, which end up in installation dumpsters and unauthorized dumps. Installations can choose their preferred recycling provider or work with UNICOR, a government corporation, to recycle these chunky household, non-government electronics. UNICOR is a government corporation that uses the recycling program to provide job training skills.

Resources:

Army Environmental Command

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Related article: Army Recycles

Point of Contact: email UNICOR

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