Organic Waste Diversion Guidance for U.S. Army Installations
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS VICKSBURG
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Methods of organic waste diversion currently being employed by U.S. Army installations were reviewed to provide recommendations and case studies as well as identify best practices. As part of the Armys Net Zero Installation Strategy, it is essential that installations reduce the amount of solid waste they send to landfills. Food and other organic waste, such as yard trimmings and wood residuals, are a major component of the solid waste generated by installations that can be reduced, repurposed, or transformed. Both on-post and off-post diversion alternatives are discussed, and case studies from U.S. military installations are provided as examples. Wherever possible, examples of documentation language e.g., contract statements, Memorandum of Agreements MOAsMemorandum of Understandings MOUs are provided for contractor support of diversion activities. The report identifies mature and available small-scale organic waste management technologies, and the associated benefits, concerns, and conditions for their successful use on an installation are examined. An excel-based decision tree accompanies the report to provide guidance for selecting technologies or practices that suit an installations specific capacities and preferences. The analysis provided is applicable to any Army installation or other sizable organization in the early stages of considering how to divert organic waste from a landfill.
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies