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 2012, the municipal solid waste diversion rate was 44%, the construction and demolition diversion rate was 69%, Fort Hood Family Housing increased recycling by 90 tons, 1,129 less tons entered the landfill and 722 additional tons of paper, cardboard, and plastic were recycled from FY11 to FY12. 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.
Fort Hood Family Housing curbside recycling with new 96-gallon recycle containers will be implemented by January 2013. The containers will be picked up every other week and residents can also take additional recyclables to their community life centers.
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.
"Being selected as one of the Army's Net Zero Waste installations is a testament to the Fort Hood military community. It dedicates the demonstration and devotion that each and every one of us here at Fort Hood has shown in developing the Fort Hood Recycle Program and the ongoing education that we strive to pass on to our fellow members in the Fort Hood community. It truly is an honor that the Army sees that Fort Hood has the potential to achieve Net Zero Waste by 2020"
COL Matthew G. Elledge
Fort Hood U.S. Army Garrison Commander
Post-wide Recycle Coordinator Training
September 4th from 9:00-11:30am at Howze Theatre All Recycle Coordinators will have an opportunity to learn how to improve unit and organizational practices to better support Net Zero Waste.
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