Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
Year (FY) 2008 marked the first time since the late 1990s that Fort
McCoy recycled more than 40 percent of its waste stream, according to
Recycling workers Ken Brown
(left) and Aaron Fisher handle recyclable material that is
generated by the Fort McCoy community. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
chief of the Sanitation Branch for the Fort McCoy Directorate of
Public Works, said the installationís 42 percent recycled mark
surpassed the Armyís goal of having its organizations recycle 40
percent of their waste stream. The Fort McCoy program has made large
gains since it declined to 18 percent of the waste stream recycled in
FY 2002. Eventually, Miller said he hopes 50 percent of the
installationís waste stream can be recycled.
Schindler, the lead Fort McCoy recycle worker from Berring Straits Aki
(BSA)/LB&B, said the installation had a busy year for paper and
mobilizing here produced a lot of cardboard from items used in their
dining facilities, etc., during mobilization," Schindler said.
"We have blue trailers that we can send to the Contingency
Operation Location sites (or other sites with large quantities of
cardboard) to pick up cardboard."
personnel make regular runs throughout the installation to pick up
said the items need to be separated, and containers are provided to
help accomplish this requirement.
items that can be recycled at Fort McCoy include: glass and plastics
(PET and No. 2 HDPE), which can be combined; computer and mixed paper,
aluminum cans, steel and tin cans and metals, Schindler said. Other
items that are collected for recycling include used printer cartridges
and compact disks.
Reuse-It open houses Nov. 14
The Fort McCoy
Recycling Center, building 2218, and Reuse-It Store, building
207, will host open houses for members of the Fort McCoy
community from 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Nov. 14.
The events are
being held to help installation personnel recognize America
Recycles Day, Saturday, Nov. 15.
For more information about the
Recycling Center, call Laurie Schindler at (608) 388-2968 or for
the Reuse-it Store, call Dave Schafer at (608) 388-5705.
such as that from spent ammunition, is collected and recycled through
the Ammunition Supply Point.
recycling is done through contracts, where organizations come to pick
up the items at Fort McCoy. Schindler said the funding generated by
recycling the items is used to help pay the program costs.
of the units training here and personnel working on the installation
are aware of the need to recycle," said Schindler, who worked as
a driver for the recycling program for about a year before assuming
her current position. "Iím learning more and more about the
program as Iím working here as well. Personnel make mistakes at
times ó sometimes as simple as throwing aluminum cans into regular
garbage ó but everyone is working to get it right."
about how to prepare items for recycling items are available and can
be placed at various sites, she said. Other measures are being
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 Center, building 2218, also has a bulk shredder for
personnel, such as military personnel/units, that need to shred
identification information. Smaller shredding jobs or shredding
classified information should be handled in appropriate manners.
can help the program be successful by paying attention to how to
correctly recycle items," Schindler said. "Weíre here to
answer any questions they might have and to provide any other
more information about recycling at Fort McCoy, call the Recycling
Center at (608) 388-2968.