Recycling and Pollution Prevention
The Environmental Compliance Section is responsible for ensuring JBER reduces the pollution of any type into the environment. This is done through three basic mechanisms: reduce, reuse and recycle as explained below.
Reduce is a process that reduces the amount of material used or waste created in a process. Green procurement decreases the amount of harmful material used by substituting a material that is more environmentally friendly. Process improvement may decrease the amount of harmful material used and harmful waste made. Examples include using earth-friendly cleaners, auto soap concentration dispenser and using a soak time in combination with and high-temperature, high-pressure, low-volume rinse.
Reuse is using a waste product from one process as a useful product in another process or using a material multiple times. Examples include solvent filtering for solvent reuse or using concrete rubble for riprap or erosion control. Reuse resources on JBER include the following;
· HAZmart will accept select unopened unexpired government hazardous materials.
· DRMO (12755 Davis Highway) will accept government equipment that is operating or near operational condition.
· Thrift shop (724 bldg Quartermaster Drive) and Bargain Shop (20th and Sharp) both accept personal sellable items (hazardous material not accepted).
Recycle is collecting material that will be reprocessed into a raw material to be used to make another useful product. Examples of items that JBER collects at Hazardous Waste Center pickups to be recycled include
· used oil
· fluorescent lights
· batteries (lithium, lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, alkaline)
Other materials JBER recycles:
· Cooking oil ( Alaska Waste )
· Construction material
For more information on recycling locations, request for recycling containers, or to report a full recycling container, please call the Qualified Recycling program manager at 907-384-3419.
For questions on recycling hazardous waste, please contact the Hazardous Waste Center 907-552-3435.
Local pollution prevention resources:
· Batteries and electronic waste can be taken to Total Reclaim, Batteries Plus or various electronic retailers
· Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling
· Anchorage recycling information
Additional general information on JBER Environmental Quality Recycling and Pollution Prevention Programs can be found in the JBER Environmental Handbook.