Ken Walkins, motor vehicle operator, lifts a recycling container into the top of his EX Packer, which was just purchased in Alaska. This EZ Packer saves time and money with its quick loading capabilities. (U.S Air Force photo/W. Eugene Barnett)

WPAFB Recycling Center’s open house Nov. 15 to feature tours

Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day and to highlight the date the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Recycling Center is hosting an open house on from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Recycling has greatly reduced the amount of trash landfilled on a daily basis, and recent data shows that materials worth $9 billion are thrown away each year. The Wright-Patterson recycle rate is currently 50 percent.

“America Recycles Day brings attention to recycling,” said Dave Dalton, solid waste/recycling program manager.

There are many benefits to recycling at Wright-Patterson.

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“We are able to divert solid waste from the landfill, avoid association landfill costs and actually make money on items that might have been thrown in the trash.”

Dalton said tons of material recycled each year are being reused, which generates income and keeps the base cleaner and greener.

Recyclable items can be dropped off at the recycling center during business hours Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at the 24-hour area behind the recycling center.

The recycling center will offer tours every hour Nov. 15, starting at 8 a.m. with the last tour at 2 p.m. Each tour will be 45 minutes and will be led by Thom Doucette, operations manager. The recycling center is in Area A, Bldg. 293, 3990 Road I.

The recycling rate across the country has more than tripled over the last 31 years to the current rate of 35 percent. Recycling and reuse activities in the United States accounts for 757,000 jobs and produced $36 billion in wages in a single year.

For additional information contact Dalton at 937-257-5060 or at or Doucette at 937-257-4889 or at

For more information on America Recycles Day, go to the EPA website

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