Four thousand tons of asphalt and 20,000 tons of concrete have been recycled at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, a story by Scott Sturkol on the Defense of Visual Information Distribution Service says. A contractor began recycling the material in February.
Every year concrete is recycled at Fort McCoy for use as road base or to update tank trails, the story says. Panacea Group, Seymour, Wisconsin, used a rock crusher at a Directorate of Public Works (DPW) staging area on North Post. Crews from Panacea separate metals from the concrete for recycling as well, the story says.
The concrete comes from debris collected from the demolition of old buildings in the cantonment area, the story says. Once a demolition is finished, the concrete is hauled to the staging area for stockpiling. Once it’s stockpiled, a task order is created to have a contractor crush the material.
The metals that are sorted from the concrete are separated into ferrous and nonferrous piles, which are then weighed and hauled off-site, the story says.
The U.S. Army has a goal to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by 50 percent, the story says. Fort McCoy has several different types of waste streams, which includes construction and demolition (C&D) debris. C&D debris must also adhere to the 50 percent recycle rate.
Michael Miller, DPW and wastewater branch supervisor, says in the story that 85 to 90 percent of the C&D debris produced at Fort McCoy is concrete, which allows the base to surpass its 50 percent diversion goal.