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.
Dave Schafer of the Reuse-It
Store uses a forklift to move reusable items. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
new material is created and turned in when too much of a particular
item, such as batteries or insect repellent, is ordered, Brown said.
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."
helps prevent personnel from improperly discarding items or material
into the woods or into the installationís waste stream to dispose of
it, Brown said.
disposal could lead to the installation being fined or being charged
to clean up the materials.
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.
of operation for the Reuse-It Store are year-round from noon-2 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, except for federal holidays.
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).