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Recycling is an essential part of the federal government’s overall plan for reducing the amount of waste the nation generates. It turns materials that would otherwise be thrown away into valuable resources and generates a host of environmental, financial and social benefits.

The unified act of recycling can redirect millions of tons of waste away from landfills and incinerators, which in turn reduces deforestation, resource consumption, toxic runoff and greenhouse gas emissions.

From its training and operational activities, Fort Lee recovers an estimated 35,000 pounds of expended brass ammunition casings, 46,000 pounds of unserviceable lead-acid batteries and 1.8 million pounds of cardboard annually, which returns more than $94,000 in revenue to the Qualified Recycling Program.

The QRP is a special entity established in accordance with statutory, regulatory and DOD requirements. The program collects and sells recyclable scrap materials and retains the sale proceeds for authorized use.

Under Title 10 U.S.C. 2577 and consistent with DoDI 4715.23, a QRP shall use sale proceeds from recyclables to first cover the costs of operations, maintenance and overhead for processing recyclable materials at the installation. After these costs are recovered, not more than 50 percent of the balance may be used for pollution abatement, energy conservation, and occupational safety and health activities on the installation. The remaining recovered costs may be transferred to a non-appropriated fund department for any morale or welfare activity.

This year, the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Management Division received 21 requests for QRP funds. The Solid Waste Action Team met via conference call on July 30 to review these proposals and vote on the projects that should receive the money. This ultimately resulted in the purchase of permanent eyewash stations, safety equipment/PPE, reusable tablecloths, seat toppers and dining ware, community cleanup supplies and iSportsman Hunting Management Software for various Fort Lee entities.

Our QRP continues to be a highly effective activity that has benefited many of the commands and tenant organizations at Fort Lee. Facility managers and authorized requesters are encouraged to submit qualified equipment and project funding requests to EMD at usarmy.lee.imcom.mbx.leee-emo-ft-lee@mail.mil by June 30 of each year.

The QRP is committed to making a positive impact on the local environment and all personnel who work and train here. Every Team Lee member can help by always placing recyclable materials in marked containers dispersed throughout the installation’s training and administrative areas. The Fort Lee Recycling Center accepts bulk recyclables and scrap metal. It is located on 2nd Street, behind the commissary and Central Issue Facility.

Read more about Fort Lee’s recycling program, and its mandated “Net-Zero Waste” benchmark by FY 2030, at www.fortleetraveller.com (type “recycle” in search bar). For other questions, contact EMD at 804-734-3766.

Remember, Army Green is Army Strong!