An initiative carried out under the Air Force Community Partnership Program is saving Joint Base Andrews, Md., $280,000 over a five-year period by providing the installation a single site for dumping the 4,000 tons of garbage it generates annually.
As a result, Prince George’s County, where the base is located, was able to offer the Air Force a bulk discount on its tipping fees. Previously, waste haulers contracted by the base relied on various sites across the Washington area, reported waste360.
The arrangement has other benefits as well.
“We still get revenue, plus this means fewer truck miles, less pollution, less traffic, and they’re helping to provide jobs to our local economy,” said Adam Ortiz, director of the county’s Department of Environment.
Ortiz would like to extend the agreement to include recycling and compost from the base. Andrews and the county already collaborate on a charter school and training for firefighters and emergency response dispatchers.
The base’s partnership agreements with the county aren’t only about saving money, said Paul Holland, Andrews’ community planning liaison. “It’s how we can strengthen relationships.”
The partnership concentrating the delivery of the base’s garbage to a landfill only nine miles away is one of the signature projects of Steven Zander, who leads the Air Force Community Partnership Program. In May, Zander was honored as one of 30 finalists for the 2015 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Next month, the eight winners of the Service to America Medals, popularly termed “Sammies,” will be announced.