DoD generates waste from a variety of industrial, recreational, and commercial operations every year. Executive Order 13514, "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance" and the DoD Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan establish performance goals on maximizing diversion of non-hazardous municipal waste and construction & demolition (C&D) debris from disposal facilities. To effectively address increasing waste generation, disposal costs, and comply with Federal and DoD requirements, DoD uses an integrated solid waste management approach that includes source reduction, reuse, donation, recycling, composting, and volume reduction/energy recovery; "diversion" is comprised of all aforementioned methods except volume reduction/energy recovery. DoD has set diversion rate goals at 50% for non-hazardous solid waste and 60% for C&D debris by FY15, and thereafter through FY20.

EPA: Waste Diversion

EPA: Municipal Solid Waste Generation: Recycling and Disposal in the United States, Facts and Figures for 2011 (PDF)

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