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Illegal dumps prompts removal of recycle containers

Rampant misuse of recycle drop off points at the Clear Creek and Warrior Way commissaries has caused the removal of the recycle containers.

"Illegal dumping is a huge drain on the revenue we produce from recyclable materials and affects our day to day operations, when assets are diverted in order to clean-up what offenders leave behind," Master Sgt. Luis Salinas, Directorate of Public Works sergeant major, said. "These careless acts leave us no choice but to absorb these unplanned costs, which then take precious funding from other programs sponsored by Fort Hood Recycle."

On a weekly basis, everything from needles and diapers to mattresses and food waste, have become a recurring problem. Recently, more than 5,000 pounds of garbage was dumped between the two commissaries and caused damage to the containers.

"Single-stream means all recyclables, not everything," Michael Bush, recycle operations manager, Fort Hood Recycle, said.

Violations of illegal dumping include non-recyclables in the blue recycle containers; off-post and household trash in brown dumpsters; and trash dumped outside of recycle containers and brown dumpsters and in training areas.



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Free and open to all, the Rockin' Fest runs from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., July 1, at the Bronco Youth Center. The event features face painting; arts and crafts; games; music/DJ; bounce and water inflatables; and child safety demonstrations. For more information, call 287-6745.


Fort Hood's annual Independence Day celebration includes live music performances by Mignon Grabois and headliner Blue October. Festivities will also include a military police working dog demonstration, HEB cart races, inflatables for children and a Salute to the Nation ceremony. Gates open at 4 p.m., and the event is open to the public. The entertainment surges on main stage live with opener. The celebration concludes with a 30-minute fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music provided by the 1st Cavalry Division Band.


Fort Hood's free summer concert series Music on the Lawn continues at 6:30 p.m. June 23 at the lawn behind Chili's Grill and Bar. Music on the Lawn is open to all and feature a variety of genres. The fun will kick off with a live DJ at 6:30 p.m. and a concert will follow at 7:30 p.m. The H-E-B Kid Zone will keep the children entertained with bounce-house fun. The event will wrap up with a DJ from 9-10 p.m. More concerts are planned for July 14, July 28, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18 as part of the series. In accordance with Fort Hood rules and regulations, pets and glass containers are not allowed. The event is free and open to all.


A Remembrance Run / Walk is set for 7 a.m.-1 p.m., July 1 at Sadowski Field. This is a recreational run/walk and a free T-Shirt is included, while supplies last. A boot memorial will also be on display from July 1-10 at Sadowski Field. The event is free and open to all. No registration is required. For information regarding access to the installation please visit the Marvin Leath Visitors Center, or call 285-5459.


For information on operating hours of Fort Hood's outdoor pools this summer, call 287-4548 or go online to Fort Hood MWR.


Some lane closures began May 15 near the access control point at the Bernie Beck Main Gate on TJ Mills Boulevard due to perimeter fence and gate construction. The expected completion date is Sept. 11.

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