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Working group encourages recycling

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team Schriever instituted its Recycling Working Group recently to encourage a more recycling-oriented work environment.

"The working group is a team of civilian, military and contractor personnel from different units on base, who get together quarterly to come up with different ideas to make the Schriever recycling program better," said Meghan Lloyd, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron environmental support specialist.

The Air Force measures its recycling program through its diversion rate, the percentage of how much solid waste the base keeps out of landfills.

"We are required to have 55 percent diversion rate by 2015," said Lloyd. "For fiscal 2013, Schriever had 48 percent diversion rate. But, we are getting there. We just need everyone's help."

Members of the working group aim to meet regularly to come up with different ideas or initiatives for the recycling program.

"Basically, we need to get a better participation for recycling on base," Lloyd said.

Some of the topics members discuss include implementation of new projects, new ideas for possible incentive programs for units and more.

Recently, the recycling program initiated an outreach program to inform Team Schriever members about recycling. These include posters at the North and West Entry Control Facility as well as the Satellite Dish dining facility, and advertisements on base marquees, bulletins, website and newspaper. They also have signs at recycling areas for proper disposal of trash and recyclable materials.

"It is to bring more awareness," Lloyd said.

As a 50 CES contract officer representative for waste management, Autumn Gray wanted to be a part of the Recycling Working Group since it has a direct relationship to her job. The working group runs its ideas through her office.

"That's why I joined," Gray said. "Recycling is just the right thing to do. I do it on my own and I am passionate about it. We just want everyone to get involved with recycling."

Lloyd agreed and said having a recycling working group on base is necessary.

"It is important for Team Schriever to have a Recycling Working Group because it keeps ideas fresh for how to implement our recycling program," she said. "It will generate more outreach, it gets the different units involved and they will feel like it's their program, not just the environmental office running it."

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling can benefit the community and environment. It reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, conserves natural resources, prevents pollution, saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, helps sustain the environment and helps create new jobs.

"Recycling is really important," Lloyd said.

For more information about recycling or joining the working group, call 567-4242 or 567-3910.
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