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Call2Recycle recognizes Fort Hood with regional recycling award

The nation's most comprehensive rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling program has recognized Fort Hood with a 2008 "Regional Recycling Leadership Award" for its efforts in rechargeable battery recycling.

The Fort Hood Directorate of Public Works has recycled more than 14 tons of rechargeable batteries in its five years as a Call2Recycle participant.

The award was presented Jan. 15 during the quarterly Hood Hero ceremony by Tim Warren, South Central Regional recycling manager, and Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, to the Fort Hood Directorate of Public Works environmental staff - Alex Kachura, Dave Morgan, Alyssa Gregor, Amber Hughes, Wes Allen, and Stoney Kimball.

"We are honored to receive this award because Call2Recycle is an important resource for our base's environmental efforts," said Alex Kachura, Directorate of Public Works. "Much of the equipment used on the base is powered by rechargeable batteries, so having a free and accessible way to recycle them has benefited our financial and environmental bottom line."

Fort Hood is the nation's largest power projection platform. Installation employees are provided with instructional pamphlets for recycling processes and conforming battery chemistries to boost compliance with the collection program. This has aided in the steady, annual increase in the base’s collection rate, with nearly 7,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries collected in 2007.

"Fort Hood does an excellent job of keeping installation employees and residents informed of the importance of recycling rechargeable batteries - despite the continuous turnover of personnel that comes with military life," said Linda Gabor, director of Recycling, Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation.

"Their ongoing educational efforts are reflected by the level of community awareness and the base's standout collection results," she added.

Administered by the RBRC, Call2Recycle provides a convenient way to collect and recycle the used rechargeable batteries found in cordless electronic products, such as cell phones, digital cameras, laptop computers, cordless power tools, two-way radios, cordless phones, PDAs and camcorders. The Recycling Leadership Awards recognize outstanding Call2Recycle participants each year for their exceptional efforts in rechargeable battery recycling.

The awards are divided into regional and national categories with four U.S. regional award winners and two national award winners - one from the United States and one from Canada.

Editor’s Note: This article appeared in the Sentinel Jan. 29, 2009.

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