Recycling produces big benefits for everyone

| November 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

FORT SHAFTER — Beatriz Diaz (left), store manager, Fort Shafter Exchange, and Chantal Leonard, contractor, CSU-CEMML, DPW-Environmental, USAG-HI, man their recycling display at the PX, here, during America Recycles Day, Nov. 15.

Individuals and organizations are urged to recycle at select locations

Story and photos by
Tamicha Williams
Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

America Recycles Day has come and gone, but don’t worry if you did not get to participate in the collaborative efforts between the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and the Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

You can still recycle every day outside the main post exchanges, or PX, and shoppettes in the North and South Oahu areas.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Whitney Brunson, a contractor for the Solid Waste and Recycling Program Support Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands, DPW-Environmental, USAG-HI, encourages people to recycle during the annual America Recycles day event at the Exchange, here, Nov. 15.

Earlier this month, when AAFES promoted its environmentally preferable products and then gave away several reusable bags to lucky customers, the DPW-Environmental staff set up new recycling containers at all AAFES locations on Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield, Helemano and Aliamanu military reservations, and at Fort Shafter.

Containers are conveniently located to collect a mix of HI-5 aluminum cans and plastic beverage containers.

Fundraising meters have also been set up at three PX locations to track how much money AAFES customers are raising by recycling. The more you recycle, the more money the garrison earns to fund special environmental projects and Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities on post.

For example, this past summer, the Army Recycle Center donated $75,000 for the Fourth of July celebration. That’s how much of an impact your contributions can make on the garrison.

You can continue to help out by recycling at your office, at the motor pool or at your favorite lunch spot on post. Use any container to collect your recyclables, and Recycling Center staff will be happy to pick up your materials. Call 655-0011 or submit an online pickup request at

If you need help establishing a recycling system in your office or area, contact the program manager for DPW-Environmental Recycling at 656-5411.

(Editor’s note: Williams is the solid waste and recycling program manager for DPW.)

Recycle Pick-up

To have recyclables picked up from your office, call 655-0011 and leave a detailed message, or submit an online pickup request at

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