• February 25, 2017

Fort Hood Recycle Center generated $1.4 million in 2013

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 4:30 am

FORT HOOD — Fort Hood recycled 765 tons of material more in 2013 than in the previous fiscal year, and is working to keep increasing that number.

The post’s Directorate of Public Works has offered recycling for more than 20 years, but over the past few, officials have ramped up efforts as Fort Hood aims to be waste-free by 2020. To meet that goal, the Fort Hood Recycle Center added Styrofoam No. 6 recycling and will soon offer hard drive shredding, said Mike Bush, post recycling manager.

Officials also purchased a more powerful baler to more efficiently bale plastics, but it’s

also capable of handling aluminum cans and steel.

“This one baler can do the job of all three we have now,” Bush said, adding they hope to purchase more new equipment. “The end goal is to be more efficient.”

The Fort Hood Recycle Center generated about $1.4 million with Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service Sales assistance in 2013, Bush said.

The biggest effort in recycling is often educating the public and collecting material, said Jennifer Rawlings, sustainability coordinator with public works’ environmental division. With Fort Hood’s population constantly changing, education is always needed.

“That is one of the downsides, but hopefully we are creating a culture,” she said.

This education piece is needed in units, as well as in housing. “Our focus is on housing because they are the No. 1 producer of waste for the landfill,” Rawlings said. Military units come in second.

To collect recycling, Fort Hood Family Housing has 96-gallon, single-stream recycle containers at each home on post. These recyclables are picked up by WILCO Recycling. About 170 tons more were collected in 2013 than the 2012.

Residents also can bring material to the center or to several drop sites on post, where it is sorted and sold at the center along with what’s collected from Fort Hood units and through partnerships with the cities of Harker Heights and Gatesville.

More about

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • barbie500 posted at 9:15 am on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    barbie500 Posts: 162

    So are the people charged for the recycling or is it free? Seems like other places could do this and make a lot of money and they wouldn't have to charge people.




Military Videos