Vision: Achieving net zero waste at all large fire incidents by 2030
Mission: Integrating sustainable operation's best management practices into the fire community
What are Recycle Stations?
- The government retains the responsibility for providing dumpsters/roll-off service for trash at the fire camp.
- However, the vendor is responsible for all trash and recycling receptacles (known as recycle stations) within the fire camp.
- The contractor may elect to deploy and manage cardboard or other recycling dumpsters (in addition to the main/double/triple recycle stations, as appropriate).
- The vendor is responsible for transporting all recyclables to an appropriate recycle center (e.g., by trailer or other means).
- The contractor is responsible for providing appropriately color-coordinated bags for managing back-hauled trash and recyclables from spike camps (e.g., clear bags for trash and blue bags for recyclables). These waste/recycle streams require post-sorting for optimum waste diversion.
- Main recycle stations should be placed at all main fire camp dumpsters (including but not limited to the incident command post, supply, crew sleeping areas).
- Main recycle stations consist of a minimum of three (3) co-located, side-by-side 50-gallon roll-carts (or similar) with appropriate signage and lid management to control (1) landfill, (2) plastic #1/#2, and (3) mixed paper. Other recycle streams may be collected here as appropriate. These recycle stations are similar to the “Triple” recycle stations used near offices (just larger).
- A cardboard “Corral” with snow fence or similar and appropriate signage shall be placed near each main recycle station.
- “Double” recycle stations should be at all of the portable toilet hand-wash stations and also interspersed across the camp as appropriate.
- Double recycle stations consist of a minimum of (2) co-located, side-by-side 32-gallon receptacles (or similar) with appropriate signage and lid management to control (1) landfill and (2) plastic #1/#2.
- “Triple” recycle stations should be interspersed as appropriate in the office area of the camp (including inside each office area or yurt).
- Triple recycle stations consist of three (3) co-located, side-by-side 23 gallon “slim jim” receptacles (or similar) with appropriate signage and lid management to control (1) landfill, (2) plastic #1/#2, and (3) mixed paper.
- This incident map shows a sample representation of the supply, kitchen, crew camping, primary office, and helispot areas, along with dumpster, recycling, and port-o-potty pod layout.
- "Main" recycle stations should be placed at all dumpsters (see example at left).
- A fire camp with 1,000 personnel is expected to have at least four (4) dumpsters, so four (4) main recycle stations would need to be placed adjacent to each of these dumpsters.
- In addition, the main office area should have a main recycle station (the additional main recycle station in the office area is shown as an example).
- "Double" recycle stations (landfill and plastic bottles) should be at all of the portable toilet hand-wash stations and also spread out across the footprint of the camp (in this case, the estimated number of required doubles is 20).
- "Triple" recycle stations (landfill, plastic bottles, paper) would be spread out around the overhead office area and inside each office area or yurt (in this case, the estimated number of required triples is eight).
- Once set up, the recycling collection receptacles and stations should be serviced three(3) times a day, as the waste stream peaks after meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
- When not collecting recyclables, the contractor shall sort recyclables (may include removing recyclables from the dumpsters), bagging, and transporting recyclables to primary collection areas in preparation for hauling to nearest recycle market.
- The process is repeated daily until instructed to demobilize at the conclusion of the incident.
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