INSTALLATION STATUS: Open Weather watch, valid 28220S MAY 2016, until further notice. Potential for Lightning is forecast to occur within 5 miles of the Fort Hood Reservation.

Weather watch, valid 28220S MAY 2016, until further notice. Potential for Lightning is forecast to occur within 5 miles of the Fort Hood Reservation.

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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.

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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.

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