Pentagon office challenges DOD to participate in America Recycles Day

| November 13, 2015 | 0 Comments


Chelsea Hogan
Army News Service

WASHINGTON — The Washington Headquarters Service is urging the Department of Defense to participate in America Recycles Day, Nov. 15, a day we are reminded to resolve to recycle regularly.

Locally, at Schofield Barracks/Wheeler Army Airfield, Fort Shafter and Tripler Army Medical Center, the days will be celebrated Nov. 17, 18 and 19.

Recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators (and associated costs), conserves natural resources, saves energy and helps the DOD achieve its goal of a minimum 50 percent recycling rate at the Pentagon.

Tenant recycling efforts are critical to achieving a 50 percent recycling goal.

Recycling centers are located in common areas, such as corridors and apexes, and individual offices may also have their own recycling bins. Tenants are encouraged to sort recyclable materials appropriately, while avoiding contamination (e.g., food scraps on office paper).

The following are materials usually accepted for recycling:

  • Paper: office paper, newspaper, magazines, cardboard, envelopes, sticky notes, receipts, cardboard coffee cups, coated paper cartons, file folders.
  • Plastic and glass: plastic soda/water bottles and their caps, plastic takeout clamshells, plastic containers numbered one through seven.
  • Recyclable glass: glass bottles and jars.
  • Aluminum and steel: soda cans, aluminum foil, metal cans.
  • Garbage: all food and non-recyclable items (i.e., everything else).

During the local recycling campaign, electronic waste can be recycled, such as laptops, DVD players, computers, fax machines, cell phones, medical equipment with no biological hazards, wires and cables, and more.

Resolve to recycle at work and at home. Many of the items listed above may also be recycled where you live. Check your municipality’s website to find out which recyclables it accepts and collects.

(Note: Hogan works with Washington Headquarters Service, Facilities Services Directorate, Standards and Compliance Division.)


Throughout November, look for the Environmental, Sustainability and Energy Branch’s outreach campaign featuring posters, InfoNet ads and emails. If you have questions, email

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