Burn Pits - what have you burned?

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I had an email from Theatre suggesting that some quite nasty stuff (that should come back to the UK for disposal) just be 'sent to the burn pit' instead. It got me thinking and looking in to the way we get rid of waste (or not). This is more about what the lads are having to breathe in every day than hugging trees or saving Afghanistan - I'm concerned for the lads and lasses dealing with something unacceptable.

So - is there anything you've not slung in a hole in the ground, covered in DIESO and tried to burn?
 
#2
Not Afghanistan but in Iraq;

300 sets of Iraqi army uniforms and webbing belts which were ironically rescued from a burning storage shed in Al Amarah.

My idea of transporting them back to the UK for onward disposal (read selling on) was poo poohed by a nobber of an OC, who instructed me to lob them in the burn pit.
 
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Also not afghan, but waiting to head into Kuwait - Chicken carcasses, one of which was stolen by a passing camel. It's not worth telling the entire tale, just enjoy the weird images

Afghan - kids clothing that was so soaked in blood, poo and urine that even the locals wouldn't have found a use for it. It was supposed to go into a clinical waste bag, but I wasn't keeping that stuff round any longer than needed. It was in a worse state than Dales living room carpet.
 
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Not Afghanistan but in Iraq;

300 sets of Iraqi army uniforms and webbing belts which were ironically rescued from a burning storage shed in Al Amarah.

My idea of transporting them back to the UK for onward disposal (read selling on) was poo poohed by a nobber of an OC, who instructed me to lob them in the burn pit.
poo pooing is just rude
 

jim24

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A full battle group tented camp, with all the attached stores, Chatham Camp Libya 1969, a pyromaniacs dream come true.
 

terroratthepicnic

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Bosnia, BLMF. Just over the hill outside of camp, the local used to burn all the medical waste. Everything went into the burn pit. You used to be able to see the smog role down the hill to fill camp. Most of us reported sick at some point during the tour to make sure we would be covered if we have future lung issues.
 
#10
Are scrapped vehicles shipped out from Afghanistan by ship or by air? Is it worth the cost of transport?
 
#13
Also in Iraq, the bodies of shot dogs were unceremoniously burnt in a bomb crater at the back of an old Iraqi barracks.

If one was to close one's eyes, one could have been sat in Treblinka.
 
#14
I emptied my morale in the burn pit daily in Iraq. Also a rather cutting dear John letter that I recieved.
 

The_Duke

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Of course, the art of a military burn pit is to ensure that it never reaches the temperature required to actually burn off the offending items in a hygenic manner.

It is much better to have it smouldering away, gently warming the wag bags until they pop and then spreading shit smelling (due to particles of nicely warmed shit being carried thererin) smoke throughout the FOB.

The lesson learnt the hard way during Op PENINSULAR (Foot and Mouth) where the Carrillion mass pyres did more to spread the disease than any number of cows are still being ignored throughout Afghanistan!
 
#20
When igniting a burn pit always, and this is important, always wear shorts and flip flops. Stand very very close, preferably with fuel sloshing around your feet.
Ignite.

Urgently report to my medical centre and try desperately to claim you were wearing the appropriate PPE despite the obvious burn lines from the flip flops and shorts.
When your parent unit charges you, don't forget to try and demand that you are casevaced to UK, and that the forms for compensation are filled out for you.

Show massive amounts of surprise, shock and outrage when told to **** right off
 
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