Small Recyclables Bring In Big Money For Fort Drum
Cardboard, paper, glass - these things are all recycled at Fort Drum.
But it's old ammunition casings made of brass that bring big money to the post.
For example, a bin containing 4,000 pounds of spent ammunition is worth about $8,000. turn into hundreds of thousands of dollars for fort drum.
And that's just one of the dozens of huge bins of brass casings that Fort Drum sells each year to companies across the United States.
The casings are collected from shooting ranges on post.
They are deformed, so they can no longer be used for ammunition
The bass is then sold.
"They will melt it and make brass kitchen faucets, brass fixtures, brass grounding rods. There's many many uses for this," said Dean Clark, directorate of Public Works at Fort Drum.
Last year, 120 tons of recycled brass brought in nearly $500,000 to Fort Drum.
In 2011, the post recycled 144 tons of brass and earned more than $800,000.
That money covers the cost of the recycling program.
The rest is donated to recreation programs on post.
"It's a challenging business running FMWR (Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation), so any time they can get a gift from the recycle program, that's a real shot in the arm," said James Corriveau, Public Works director:
Last year, the money raised by recycling brass was more than double the combined total brought in by other recycled goods.