Sustainable Fort Rucker
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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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Universal Waste Management


Universal wastes are hazardous wastes that are subject to less stringent hazardous waste management regulations, particularly by allowing more time for accumulation of these wastes in order to facilitate appropriate recycling or disposal.  Four types of waste are covered under the universal waste regulations: batteries, lamps, mercury-containing equipment, and pesticides.

Universal waste can be stored for up to one calendar year before being shipped off site.  However, Fort Rucker requires generators to turn them in for disposal within six months in order to ensure the shipment timeframe is met.

Boxes or fiber drums containing universal waste must be kept closed except when lamps are being added to it.  When the universal waste is first placed into a box or fiber drum, that container must be labeled (please see the HWMP for example labels and verbiage).  The label must meeting the following requirements:

  •  All labels must be visible from the front of the box
  •  All labels must be right side up
  •  All labels must contain:
    • The words "UNIVERSAL WASTE"
    • The words "Used Lamps", and
    • The accumulation start date (ASD) (the date when the first item was placed in the container)

Labeling and storage requirements differ for hazardous waste and universal waste. Please ensure personnel handling these wastes receive proper training and follow the proper procedure for each type.  For additional information on Universal Waste Management, please refer to the HWMP and the associated Work Instructions.

 

Additional Battery Storage Guidelines

Users will properly separate Universal Waste Battery types to prevent short-circuiting during storage and transportation by one of the following methods:
  • Placing batteries in the original inner package,
  • Taping the positive end of the batteries, or
  • By using plastic "baggies" to separate individual batteries. 
This guidance applies to lithium, ni-cad, mercury, nickel metal hydride, silver-zinc batteries and small sealed lead acid.  The HMCC will not pick up or accept batteries which have not been segregated or properly packaged to prevent short-circuiting.
 

Universal Waste Inspections

In order to help ensure universal waste is properly managed, organizations are encouraged to use the universal waste section of USAACE Form 2717, Environmental Compliance Inspection Checklist (from the link on this page) to assess compliance of their accumulation practices. 

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