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JBLE participates in America Recycles Day

By Senior Airman Derek Seifert 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs


U.S. Air Force Airmen and U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia participated in America Recycles Day, Nov. 15, 2018, starting with a collection day at the JBLE-Langley Base Exchange and continuing through Earth Week in April 2019.


The 733rd Civil Engineer Division Environmental Element began preparing for the event on Nov. 1. The Fort Eustis community will have six months to drop off plastic grocery bags, pallet wrap and stretch film, bread bags, newspaper sleeves and other recyclable products that are harmful to the environment.


“The nationwide program was developed to educate the public on buying reused items to keep things out of the landfills,” said Donna Haynes, 733rd Civil Engineer Division Environmental Element environmental protection specialist. “This year for JBLE-Eustis, we are doing a six-month program to collect plastics because plastics are one of the bigger items you can’t recycle [due to jamming the recycle machine with shards of plastic].”


The 733rd CED’s six-month program will end during Earth Week in April 2019 and upon its completion, if the goal of 500 pounds of recyclable plastic is achieved, Fort Eustis will receive a repurposed bench to place on the installation, according to Haynes.


The 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron will hold an event for America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, at the JBLE-Langley Base Exchange from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


“Plastic shopping bags will be donated to Booker Elementary in cooperation with its recycling projects,” said Sherry Johnson, 633rd CES pollution prevention program manager and qualified recycling program manager. “Plastic bags can be repurposed into benches and sleeping mats for the homeless. Clothing will be donated to the Airmen's Attic to educate the base populous of this reuse option and any surplus items will be donated to the Salvation Army.”


Canned goods will also be accepted and donated to the Peninsula Food Bank. Informational flyers for the 733rd CED program can be found at the CED building and around the installation. The informational pamphlets for the 633rd CES covering the recycling program on JBLE-Langley and how personnel can practice recycling every day can be picked up at the event table at the Base Exchange.


For more information, contact the 733rd CED at 878-4123 or the 633rd CES at 764-1130.

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