Metal & glass waste at bases

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  1. Hello folks,

    I was looking at a study on the sustainability of FOBs. Apparently an average person produces 92 kg of light metal waste (excluding aluminium) and 17kg of glass waste per person, per year.

    I presume at contested bases the figure for light metal waste from spent brass goes up.

    What is currently done with the waste metal and glass?

    Thanks & have a great day!
  2. The average person where? In the UK or in a FOB in Afghanistan??
  3. The context of the report I read it in was in regard to FOB sustainability. The source it quotes for these figures is:

    Gerdes, G.L., and A.L. Jantzer. 2006. "Base Camp Solid Waste Characterization Study." ERDC/CERL TR-06-24. Champaign, IL: U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.
  4. I'd suggest wasting your time looking at porn and drinking beer, as you're probably 10 years too late to be wasting your time doing any sort of study that no one will have any interest in as of next year really :)
  5. I can't think of anything that is glass an individual would use (Drinks are normally in cans or waxed carboard) so I'm not sure it is refering to people in FOBs.
  6. The local pikeys normally nick most of it! :)
  7. As any boffin would know, it is very dangerous to take one study at face value or is there other evidence to support Gerdes and Jantzer? Glass waste 17kg - impossible in Afghanistan due to reasons mentioned above. As for the metal waste, anything which could be used against us (batteries, wire etc...) is returned to Bastion from CPs and FOBs for disposal; the remaining metal waste (damaged Hesco etc...) disappears as soon as the ANA or ANP see it and get it in their grubby mitts! Failing that, it too is returned to Bsn for disposal along with things like Ammo boxes and Ammo casing.

    I would suggest they are talking about main Bases around the world in safe zones such as Hawaii or Germany as opposed to deployed JOBs, MOBs, FOBs etc... but haven't read it so may be wrong!
  8. Alright thanks everyone for your input! Have a great Sunday & week ahead.