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Solid Waste Management Program

solid waste management Program

Program Manager Contact Information:
Solid Waste Management Program Manager  |  252-466-3631

Solid Waste Management Program
Program Overview        

The purpose of the Solid Waste Management Program is to establish requirements for solid waste reduction, collection, and disposal at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point. Solid waste is considered to be non-hazardous trash, rubbish, garbage, bulky wastes, liquids or sludge generated by operations and activities. An installation Integrated Solid Waste and Pollution Prevention Plan (ISWPPP) has been developed to address the preferred order for environmentally sound integrated solid waste management: source reduction, material reuse, donation, recycling, composting/mulching, incineration for volume reduction with energy recovery, other forms of volume reduction, and landfilling. The Solid Waste Management Program interacts closely with the Recycling Program and the Hazardous Material/Pollution Prevention Program in a joint effort to avoid producing waste, to divert waste from landfills, and to dispose of waste properly.

MCAS Cherry Point generates solid waste from commercial, residential, and industrial activities. All military personnel and their dependents contribute to the proper management of solid waste.

Environmental Requirements        

Marine Corps policy requires that all Marine Corps installations and activities comply with all applicable environmental requirements, which may include Federal, state, local, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Navy (DON), Marine Corps, and MCAS Cherry Point rules, regulations, and requirements. Legal and other environmental requirements related to the Solid Waste Management Program are maintained on the EM Portal.

Programs, Plans, Resources and Responsibilities        

All Navy installations worldwide that generate one ton or more of solid waste per day must follow the solid waste reporting, solid waste management planning, recycling requirements, and affirmative procurement requirements outlined in Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Instruction (OPNAVINST) 5090.1E, as derived from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). A complete description of the responsibilities of the Solid Waste Management Program is available on the EM Portal. Major components of the Solid Waste Management Program include:

  • Maintaining the ISWPPP
  • Tracking data required for the Pollution Prevention Annual Data Summary (P2ADS)

Solid Waste Management Plan

Every Navy installation worldwide that generates one ton or more of solid waste per day shall develop and implement an ISWPPP. The ISWPPP is a comprehensive study of all aspects of a facility’s Solid Waste Management Program. It is the essential tool for developing and maintaining a Solid Waste Management Program in compliance with all Federal, state and local regulations, and DoD/Navy instructions.

Pollution Prevention Annual Data Summary

The Solid Waste Management Program must track and monitor the type and tonnage of waste that is picked up for the entire Air Station, including off and on-base government housing. Data records of disposal rates and recovery rates by weight and type are needed for the submission of the P2ADS report and to track the Air Station’s progress in meeting solid waste goals and Measures of Merit.

The Solid Waste Management Program is required to maintain solid waste disposal permits through submittal of an initial permit application and renewal applications to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Wilmington Regional Office. The Transfer Station Annual Report is a requirement for operating a permitted transfer station facility. The report includes the tonnage of waste disposed of per month, the fee paid per ton, the type of activity occurring at the facility, and the destination for the transferred waste. This report is required by North Carolina General Statutes.

Training and Communication        

The Solid Waste Management Program includes educating the installation on the proper solid waste disposal methods. The program is responsible for ensuring that a system is in place that is feasible and compliant with all Federal and state laws and regulations, Marine Corps Orders, and Air Station Orders. In addition, communicating changes and additions to the solid waste disposal processes already developed is important in preventing pollution and ensuring compliance (e.g., pick-up day schedule change, addition of accepted items). The Solid Waste Management Program Manager is responsible for developing and providing the content for inclusion in applicable training presentations (e.g., RCRA).

Practice-Aspect-Impact Risk        

The risk of negative environmental impacts from MCAS Cherry Point operations may be assessed by analyzing the practices that occur at the facility. Aspects are the characteristics of these practices that can cause an impact to the environment or other resources. It is Marine Corps policy that all Marine Corps installations identify and assess the environmental risk of the practices and aspects associated with each environmental program. Significant practices and/or aspects associated with this program include:

  • There are no significant practices and/or aspects associated with this program.
Objectives, Targets and Actions to Improve Performance        

When necessary, objectives and targets (O&T) are developed in order to minimize the environmental risks posed by the facility’s practices and to track progress towards achieving environmental goals. Any O&Ts related to the Solid Waste Management Program and their associated actions to improve performance are maintained on the EM Portal. Currently, there are no O&Ts associated with this program.

Audit and Evaluation of Compliance        

The Solid Waste Management Program is evaluated under each annual internal Environmental Compliance Evaluation (ECE) and each triennial Benchmark ECE. Findings and corrective actions from these audits are maintained on the EM Portal.

The Solid Waste Management Program Manager must conduct annual inspections of all area disposal sites with solid waste activities to identify new sources of waste and best management practices to be implemented, and annually perform visual inspections of dumpsters and permitted facilities.


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