Who's job is it to go around after the fighting and clear up all the mess left behind?
I've wondered how much copper ( and lead ) would be in an old WW2 rifle range backstop , enough to make it worth processing out ?
Years ago I was seeing a lass from Hampshire, on my first visit to her place, she showed me a dirty yellow BFA. She found it whilst walking the dogs, she had no idea what it was. I dropped it off at my nick (I was a copper at the time) and the Property Officer didnt know what it was either.Just follow the hats around the training area and collect all the kit they lose every night in the forestry blocks.
You should be able to equip a small army within a week or two.
Do you mean clearing up unexploded ordnance? Or scrap?
In a lot of places, especially SE Asia, there are a lot of people who go scrap metal collecting. In Vietnam a few years ago you could buy a shonky locally-made metal detector for $11.
Locals were earning just under $1 per kg of scrap. A lot of it was going north into China as rebar for the big construction boom in 2007/2008.
Unfortunately not a few of them encountered UXO as they were digging stuff up. Considering there’s about 150kg ish in a MK82 bomb...
In Laos some of them were so good they wouldn’t blink at dealing with an American bomb with simple fuzes - they would only leave us the more complicated bombs!
I’m sure i saw in a previous thread that the IDF had challanges posed by Arab scrap merchants frequenting their ranges and recovering the fired rounds from diwnrange, sometimes whilst live firing was still going on.
Causing no end of issues for the range officers as there were quads, bikes and vehicles hurtling around the targets and backstops recovering the rounds as new ones were still to be, or in the process of being delivered.