Program nets $99,500 for events throughout community

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The Qualified Recycling Program (QRP) recently donated $99,500 for Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) programs.

The donation reimburses DFMWR for the monies spent on the annual Fourth of July celebration hosted by the garrison, as well as events scheduled later this year.

"I am especially proud of this accomplishment because it represents the first of what I hope to be many donations that will benefit the morale and welfare of our warfighters," said Rufus Guillory, program manager, Solid Waste/Recycling/Pollution Prevention (P2) program.

The QRP earns money from the sale of recyclable materials, monies that are credited to the installation. The program incorporates concerted efforts to divert or recover recyclable materials from the installation\'s waste streams, and to identify, segregate and maintain or enhance the marketability of the diverted materials.

Guillory invites everyone to participate in U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's (USAG-HI) recycling program and emphasizes the program doesn't just benefit garrison-sponsored activities, but also citizens who reside in privately run post housing areas.

The recyclable materials collected in the housing areas are processed at the Army Recycling Center, and the proceeds are returned to the garrison, via the QRP.

This fiscal year, the recycling program at USAG-HI has handled more than 805,000 pounds of recyclable material at its Army Recycling Center, located on Schofield Barracks.

The material packaged or baled, so it can be shipped to markets all over the globe, where it will be recycled and reused. The process not only keeps the material out of our lone landfill, here, on Oahu, but it also generates revenue that is returned to the garrison for use in P2 projects, alternative fuel projects and DFMWR sponsored events.

For information on the post housing recycling program, contact the Army Hawaii Family Housing office at 808-275-3701. Garrison tenants can visit the program's Web site.

"Your continued support of the program is needed, both for the preservation of our environment and for the success of the program," Guillory said.