Cash, cash, cash: Post reaps profits from brass recycling Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2013
By Dawn Arden
Assistant editor
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Policing of the brass is something every military member is familiar with, but what happens to the brass once it’s turned in?

According to Jerry Nelson, Ammo Supply Point chief, the process of changing brass into dollars is a time consuming one but it’s a process that pays off in the end.
A Soldier engages a target near a pile of expended rounds. Recycled brass accounts for nearly 80 percent of the dollars that come back to Fort Leonard Wood. Courtesy photo

Once turned in, the expelled rounds are weighed and screened by hand for live rounds. The empty brass is then segregated by type into different hoppers before it can be sold to the public by the government liquidators.

“The 5.56 ball is the best seller, it can be purchased by people to be reloaded,” Nelson said. “The majority of the other brass is sold for recycling, it’s ground up and made into new rounds.”

In fiscal year 2012, Fort Leonard Wood recycled 107 tons of brass for an approximate return of $500,000. This money accounts for nearly 80 percent of the dollars that come back to Fort Leonard Wood from recycling.

These funds are put into the Qualified Recycling Program Account that is managed by the Directorate of Resource Management. Once the operating budget costs are met, a portion of the remainder of the funds is then offered up for Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation programs.

“One of the more gratifying parts of my job is knowing that these dollars go to support Soldiers and their Families,” said Craig French, Directorate of Public Works, solid waste and recycling program manager.

“We recycle all together almost 20,000 tons of various materials; brass is a big part of the money, but not the tonnage. When you think about the tonnage, it’s not so much about the dollars we gain and the fact that it didn’t go to a landfill but that we didn’t have to pay to send it to a landfill. By recycling, we avoided paying $1.6 million,” French said.

FMWR uses its portion of recycling proceeds to provide services and facilities that improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families.
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