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MISSION: In order to sustain the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker's training, readiness, and quality of life needs, we will provide the guidance, actions, and customer assistance necessary to comply with all environmental laws and regulations, prevent pollution where possible, protect and conserve vital natural resources, and continually improve our operations.

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Recycling Information


Recycling Center:

Building 9322, 3rd Ave

Fort Rucker, AL

334-255-0468

Drop Off Hours: 0730-1530 M-F
 

Purpose:

The Army has embraced recycling as an integral component of its core mission.  Pursuant to section 211 of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, 40 CFR 246.100, and DoD Instruction 4715.23, Integrated Recycling and Solid Waste Management, paragraph 1.2., installations must implement a recycling program.   

The purpose of the Recycling Program is to recover and recycle materials from the solid waste stream.  Benefits of recycling include reduction of solid waste disposal costs and environmental sustainment. The Recycling Incentive Program offers installation organizations the opportunity to participate in an incentive-based recycling program that provides DFMWR funds in exchange for direct contributions of recyclable material.

 

Aluminum Cans:

Collect and bring cans to the Recycling Center. Keep cans segregated from other materials.   The Recycling Center has some containers that may be used for collection.

Cardboard:

All cardboard may be recycled by bringing it to the recycling center for the incentive program.  DPW-ENRD also collects cardboard from collection points across the installation. Cardboard must be flattened prior to placing in collection containers or brining to Recycling Center. Call to arrange a special pick-up when moving offices or cleaning out files. If your building generates a large amount of cardboard on a regular basis, contact the Recycling Center, and they will provide a cardboard collection bin for your building and add you on the pick-up schedule (NOT counted for incentive program).
 

Paper:

Copier paper, writing paper, memos, index cards, glossy computer printouts, bond copier paper, manuals without glue or plastic binder, notebook paper, correspondence, fax paper, brochures, post-it notes, manila file folders, and envelopes should all be placed in  collection containers and brought to the Recycling Center for the incentive program.  The Recycling Center provides some 90-gallon paper recycling carts with a varied pick-up schedule.  Materials picked up by the Recycling Center are NOT counted for incentive program totals.

Plastic Bottles:

All empty plastics (except #6 Styrofoam) may be recycled.  Plastics can be dropped off at the Recycling Center in designated containers. The Recycling Center has some containers that may be used for collection.   

Printer and Toner Cartridges:

All types of printer and toner cartridges can be turned in at the Recycling Center.  Place used cartridges in the original containers (if possible).  Bring cartridges to the Recycling Center and place in designated bins.

Metal:

All scrap metal and metal furniture not on a hand receipt should be dropped off in the roll-off containers behind the Recycling Center.  

Wood:

All wood products to include pallets, crates and wooden furniture not on a hand receipt may be delivered to the wood lay down yard beside DLADS.  All heavy metal (i.e., handles, hinges, coaster wheels) will need to be removed prior to delivery.  Call the Recycling Center to schedule an appointment.

Electronics:

Discarded electronic equipment (also called e-waste), such as computers, TVs (no CRTs), and audio equipment, can leach toxic metals like lead and mercury into the environment. These items may be dropped off at the Recycling Center during other times of the year as well.

MICROWAVES, REFRIGERATORS & HAND RECEIPTED ITEMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Used Antifreeze:

Collect in a plastic container with a lid, label as “Used Antifreeze” and turn in to the HMCC (334-598-1311) for recycling.

Used Batteries:

Collect used batteries and turn them into the HMCC for recycling.  Users must properly separate some batteries (lithium, ni-cad, mercury, nickel metal hydride, silver-zinc and small sealed lead acid) to prevent short-circuiting during storage and transportation by either placing batteries in the original inner package, taping the positive end of the batteries, or by using plastic "baggies" to separate individual batteries.

Used Oil:

Collect used oil in a container with a lid and label “Used Oil” and transfer to a collection tank.  Do not leave containers of used oil unattended. Make sure the used oil is properly poured in to the collection tank, and the lid to the collection tank is closed. 

Fluorescent Light Bulbs:

Used fluorescent bulbs have special labeling requirements - contact DPW-ENRD to obtain labels or information. Collect in original boxes and then take to HMCC.  Reference the Universal Waste Program web page for details.  
Plastic Bags:

Plastic bread and grocery bags can be turned in at the Commissary or the Recycling Center.


Incentive Program:

  • Participants can bring segregated recyclables to the Recycling Center located at building 9322 during regular operating hours (M-F, 0730 – 1530).
  • Anyone may turn in materials to the recycling center.  However, DFMWR funds may only be earned by Fort Rucker military, civilian, and tenant organizations with a DFMWR fund code.  The organization receiving the credit must by indicated when the commodities are turned in to the recycling center.  If any materials are turned in for recycling and an organization is not indicated, no credit will be earned. 
  • Recycling personnel will weigh commodities and record the weight of each quantity on a tracking spreadsheet. The tracking information will be submitted to the Recycling Program manager at least on a monthly basis.
  • Installation personnel will deposit segregated commodities in the designated collection containers in the Recycling Center. 
  • Funds will only be transferred to Fort Rucker military, civilian, and tenant organizations with a DFMWR fund code.  Private organizations and individuals are not eligible for earning DFMWR funds.

 

Contact Information:

Recycling Center 334-255-0468

Recycling Program Manager 334-255-1658

Used Oil Program Manager 334-255-1024

Hazardous Materials Control Center (HMCC) 334-598-1311

 

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