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 2016, the municipal solid waste diversion rate was increased to 56%, and Fort Hood has decreased the amount of material that enters
the landfill by 30% over the past few years. However, Fort Hood still puts 16,000 tons of waste into the landfill every year, so we have a long way
to go to reach our goal of zero waste by 2020.
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 yearlong Food Waste Composting Pilot Program suggested implementing a compost center to accommodate food waste on Fort Hood.
This project will be completed in the summer of 2017 and can help divert up to 6,400 tons of food and organic waste from entering the Fort Hood landfill.
Single stream recycling is now in full operation and all recycle materials can be placed into one container. Recyclable items that can be placed in the blue
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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