U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Standard Operation Procedure for Refuge Procurement and Waste Management (Recycling)

The staff of Buenos Aires NWR are very proactive in managing and protecting the Buenos Aires NWR's savannah-type environment that is among the most unique not only in the Southwest, but in the Service. The Refuge has made dramatic strides in promoting the Waste Reduction, Recycling and Affirmative Procurement programs. By the end of 2000, the Refuge was recycling approximately 40% of its wastes, a 100% increase over the prior year. The Refuge is in a remote location which makes recycling difficult, but they succeed in recycling not only paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic, but also tires, batteries, oil, solvents, oil and fuel filters, bicycles and scrap metal. They also recycle newspaper, colored paper, junk mail, and colored glass, which they had previously been unable to do. The kitchen staff composts food waste which is then used in the Refuges landscaping projects. The Refuge "closes the loop" by purchasing re-refined oil and recycled content paper products and plastic products.