By Susan C. Galentine
Directorate of Public Works sustainability specialist
FORT CARSON, Colo. — People that recycle regularly made a difference during Fort Carson’s first America Recycles Day Contest held Nov. 15, 2018, at the Exchange drop off location.
During the pilot year of the contest, 21 entries of dedicated recyclers stepped up to the scale to weigh what they brought in, amassing more than 900 pounds in plastic, aluminum, tin, mixed paper and cardboard.
The winners for the most weight collected were:
First place went to Bert Davis, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, who hefted 218 pounds of mostly magazines onto the scale.
In second place were Sgt. William Chuzie, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and his wife Allison Chuzie, with 184 pounds of cardboard they had accumulated.
Third place went to Carolyn Grizales, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Nelson Grizales, 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), who brought in 98.5 pounds of mixed commodities.
Davis drops off recyclables about every two months, but said he collected the magazine haul over a one-year period.
The Exchange recycle drop off location, which staffs contracted employees to assist customers, has a core group of people who make frequent stops at the site to dispose of their commodities. Lisa Lampton estimates she has between 50-75 people who routinely recycle their items at the location.
Lampton, who has been here for seven years, attributes the recycle location’s success to having attendants on duty seven days a week to answer questions and that it is a free service provided by Fort Carson to avoid landfill waste.
The winners will receive Army and Air Force Exchange Service gift cards to use at the Exchange facilities.