April 19, 2011, Fort Hood was selected as a Net Zero Waste pilot installation to reach zero landfill by the year 2020. This new challenge brings
re-energized awareness on the importance of the Sustainability Program and helps to highlight where Fort Hood needs to prioritize limited resources.
In Fiscal Year 2015, the municipal solid waste diversion rate was increased to 53%, and Fort Hood has decreased the amount of material that enters
the landfill by 25% over the past few years. However, Fort Hood still puts 48 tons of waste into the landfill every day, so we have a long way to go
to reach our goal of zero waste by 2020. The entire installation looks forward to improving our diversion rates and increasing the amount of material
recycled by overcoming obstacles and working together to make NZW and sustainability a reality at The Great Place.
We are creating a culture that recognizes the value of sustainability measured not just in terms of financial benefits, but benefits to maintaining
mission capability, quality of life, relationships with local communities and the preservation of options for the Army's future.
Net Zero Waste 254-535-8557
Recycle Center 254-287-2336
The results of a Composting Feasibility Study suggested implementing a six month food waste collection pilot project to gather best practices and
lessons learned before expanding the program installation-wide and upgrading the current on-post yard waste compost center to accommodate food waste.
The pilot began collection at 10 food facilities on 28 September, 2015 with an average of 13 tons of food waste being sent for composting rather
than going to the landfill. Fort Hood is currently researching options for expanding composting across the installation.
The Fort Hood Family Housing curbside recycling program has been a major focus in the Net Zero Waste Program for the past few years and we have seen
an 80% increase in material recycled from the housing villages. Congratulations to everyone that contributed to this success!
Recyclable items that can be placed in the new green recycle containers include: newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail, cardboard, paperboard,
paper bags, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, tin and steel cans and plastics 1-7.
"As one of the Army's Net Zero Waste installations, Fort Hood has set the goal of minimizing the amount of material we put into our landfill.
Since becoming a pilot in 2011, we have reduced our waste by 25%, but we still bury nearly 50 tons a day, half of which could have been recycled.
In order to be successful, I urge that each of us do our part to REDUCE, REPURPOSE and then RECYCLE. It is the right thing to do and will save Fort
Hood and the Army precious funds that we could use for other priorities. Recycle profits support many MWR programs on post each year, including
Freedom Fest and Music on the Lawn concerts."
Todd M. Fox
Colonel, U.S. Army
Fort Hood Garrison Commander
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