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Recycling totals at Fort McCoy 
surpass 40-percent mark

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

Fiscal 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 Michael Miller.

Photo: Recycling workers Ken Brown (left) and Aaron Fisher handle recyclable material that is generated by the Fort McCoy community. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Recycling workers Ken Brown (left) and Aaron Fisher handle recyclable material that is generated by the Fort McCoy community. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Miller, 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.

Laurie Schindler, the lead Fort McCoy recycle worker from Berring Straits Aki (BSA)/LB&B, said the installation had a busy year for paper and cardboard recycling.

"Units 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."

Recycling personnel make regular runs throughout the installation to pick up recyclable materials.

Schindler said the items need to be separated, and containers are provided to help accomplish this requirement.

The 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.

Recycling, 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.

Brass, such as that from spent ammunition, is collected and recycled through the Ammunition Supply Point.

All 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.

"Most 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."

Signs 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.

The 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.

"Personnel 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 assistance."

For more information about recycling at Fort McCoy, call the Recycling Center at (608) 388-2968.

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