Solid waste collection (and in fact all aspects of solid waste
management) are subject to the Office of Management and Budget
(OMB)-required Commercial Activities (CA) reviews. Through these reviews
the feasibility of providing solid waste services through contractors are
assessed. If there is a cost advantage to contracted services, preferenc
is given to that approach. Most installations have a Commercial Activiti
Coordinator who can answer questions about these reviews.
2.3.2 Transfer. It may be cost-effective for a Navy installation to hav
its own solid waste transfer station. Transfer stations are locations wh
collection vehicles empty their loads into larger containers or vehicles
subsequent hauling to the disposal site. Transfer stations are
cost-effective where haul distances to disposal sites are relatively long
They should be considered if it is more economical to haul wastes to the
disposal sites using transfer vehicles rather than by direct haul by
collection vehicles. Transfer stations are usually practical only at the
larger Navy installations.
2.4 Resource Recovery. Some forms of recycling are usually practiced on
most Navy installations. Often materials from the industrial and commerc
areas are separated at the source when there is a market for them.
Most of these materials are disposed through the Defense Property Disposa
Office (DPDO) on the installation. Normally, at least two grades of meta
can be sold by the DPDO and in some instances there are markets for scrap
wood and other materials.
Federal material recovery guidelines (40 CFR 246, Sources Separation
for Materials Recovery) require the assessment of feasibility of recyclin
three grades of paper at Navy (and other Federal) installations. Types o
paper covered are newsprint from family housing areas on installations
where there are 500 or more family housing units, corrugated material fro
commissaries and other sources, and high-grade paper (white ledger) from
office buildings in which 100 or more office workers are employed.
If the feasibility of recovering one or more of these paper grades i
indicated, these programs should be established with an overall coordinat
identified. The DPDO can provide information about markets for these
When the DPDO sells segregated solid waste, the activity receives th