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Reusable materials claimed 
quickly from Reuse-It Store

Used, and in most cases, new material was going off the shelves at the Fort McCoy Reuse-It Store, building 207, so fast in October that facility employees stated, in several instances, installation personnel were waiting to take the items as they were being dropped off.

Photo: Dave Schafer of the Reuse-It Store uses a forklift to move reusable items. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Dave Schafer of the Reuse-It Store uses a forklift to move reusable items. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

The facility is a good example of how Fort McCoy is supporting the Armyís goal to reduce its hazardous/universal waste stream, said Michael Miller, chief of the Sanitation Branch for the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works.

Dave Schafer, McCoy Public Works Joint Venture (MPW JV) environmental administrator, and Bev Brown, MPW JV Environmental Management System/ISO 14001 coordinator, said it was one of the best, if not the best year, the Reuse-It Store has had in reissuing used or new material for reuse at Fort McCoy.

Some of the more popular materials being reissued are spray paint, lithium and alkaline batteries, weapons cleaner (cleaner, lubricant, and preservative), and insect repellent, he said.

"We had 155 issues off the shelf in October," Schafer said. "Thatís a cost-avoidance of $73,000 if the items were purchased new. That dollar amount does not include cost avoidance for disposal because much of the material brought to the facility can be classified as hazardous or universal waste once it is opened and used."

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.

Brown said it often doesnít matter how much of a particular material is left as military and nonmilitary personnel will use items even if there is very little material left.

Surplus new material is created and turned in when too much of a particular item, such as batteries or insect repellent, is ordered, Brown said.

"If anyone is not sure how or if they should dispose of something, they should call us," Brown said. "We can determine if it can be reused or legally be thrown away as solid waste."

This helps prevent personnel from improperly discarding items or material into the woods or into the installationís waste stream to dispose of it, Brown said.

Unlawful disposal could lead to the installation being fined or being charged to clean up the materials.

The Reuse-It-Store is open to anyone in the Fort McCoy work force, including units training here, who will use the items at Fort McCoy. Schafer said mobilized troops, such as the 81st Heavy Combat Brigade Team, a Washington Army National Guard unit, made heavy use of the facility during the year.

Hours of operation for the Reuse-It Store are year-round from noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, except for federal holidays.

Personnel are encouraged to contact the facility before going there to drop off or pick up items or materials or with any other questions, by calling (608) 388-5705 or (608) 388-2160 (24/7 environmental contact number).

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