|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 marked the third consecutive year Fort McCoy has
recycled more than 40 percent of its waste stream, according to Michael
Aaron Fisher (left) and Mike
Ravet of BSA/LB&B McCoy Joint Venture Public Works load
recyclable material they collected on a truck for processing.
Miller, who is the Water and Wastewater branch chief for the Fort
McCoy Directorate of Public Works, said Fort McCoy’s recycling program
continually strives to improve the installation’s recycling percentage
as it prepares to mark America Recycles Day Nov. 15. McCoy recycled 42
percent of its waste stream in both FY 2008 and 2010 (1,677 tons of
material) and 47 percent (2,078 tons) in FY 2009. All three percentage
totals surpass the Army’s goal of having its organizations recycle 40
percent of their waste stream, Miller said.
Miller said he hopes 50 percent of the installation’s waste stream
eventually can be recycled.
By far, concrete is the leading recycled material at Fort McCoy,
followed by paper/cardboard, and scrap metal, Miller said. Other items
that can be recycled at Fort McCoy include glass and plastics (No. 1 PET
and No. 2 HDPE), which can be combined; aluminum, steel and tin cans;
metals; and used printer cartridges and compact disks.
“Recycling is one facet of Fort McCoy’s comprehensive environmental
program,” Miller said. “It not only conserves natural resources, but
also minimizes the negative environmental impacts of waste disposal.”
Members of the Fort McCoy work force and community are encouraged to
learn and recognize which materials are recyclable, and support the
installation’s recycling program by separating those items from their
regular waste and placing them into appropriate containers, Miller said.
All recycling is done through contracts, where organizations come to
pick up the items at Fort McCoy. Miller said the funding generated by
recycling the items is used to pay the program costs. In FY10 the
program generated about $216,000 in funds.
Items need to be separated, and containers are provided to help
accomplish this requirement. Signs describing how to prepare items for
recycling are available and can be placed at various sites, Miller said.
Other measures have been implemented to make recycling as easy as
possible, such as putting containers outside the bachelor officer
quarters to collect the materials all at once, without having to go
inside the buildings.
Recycling personnel make regular runs throughout the installation to
pick up recyclable materials. The Recycling Center, building 2218, also
has a bulk shredder for use by personnel, such as military
personnel/units, who need to shred documents with identifying
information. Smaller shredding jobs or shredding of classified
information should be handled in appropriate manners.
The next goal for the program is a project to separate leftover, uneaten
food items from solid waste and send it to a facility that can use it to
help create methane gas for energy conservation, he said.
For more information about recycling at Fort McCoy, call Miller at