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Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base

Year Submitted: 2007

Process: Degreasing

Industry: Government Agency-Includes Military

Wastes Reduced: Solvents

Substance: Hazardous Solvent

Location: Jacksonville NC

No. of employees: 142,000

Contact: Julie Shambaugh

Phone: (910) 451-5878


With a total population of over 142,000 on 151,000 acres, Camp Lejeune is presented with waste reduction challenges comparable to those of a large city. The Base is an environmental leader within the Department of Defense and has received numerous awards for the programs implemented to date.

P2 Application:

Camp Lejeune conducts an extensive range of waste reduction programs to comply with current federal and state environmental laws. Numerous successful waste reduction programs resulted:

  1. Many traditional solvents have been replaced with non-hazardous, biodegradable solvents such as Mira-Chem, Citrachem, and Simple Green for product degreasing. Also, solvent distillation units are now used during painting operations to recycle spent solvents.
  2. Silver generated in Base photo shops and X-ray and dental offices is reclaimed by silver recovery units; thus, none of this metal reaches the wastewater treatment facilities. Forty participating sites generated 740 pounds of silver recovery cartridges and passive cells during 1994.
  3. Old asphalt is now recycled and constitutes up to 15 percent of all new asphalt pavement installed at the Base. In 1994, this formula was used for repaving a runway; during that year, 19,666 tons were laid, of which 2,950 tons were recycled asphalt.
  4. Many items previously disposed in municipal waste landfills, i.e., yard and food waste, mixed paper, and biomass ash, are now utilized in the Base pilot composting project. This compost is used as a soil amendment on Base.
  5. Extensive Base-wide recycling programs now include cardboard, paper, metals, rags, aluminum cans, glass, plastics, tires, rubber, fats, grease, spent aerosol cans, laser toner cartridges, wood and yard waste, lead acid batteries, anti-freeze, used oils and lubricants.

  • Total Cost Savings: $1,330,441.00
  • Comments: Estimated savings from reductions in landfill tipping fees for solid waste and hazardous waste disposal costs for 1994 were $1.3 million.

Details of Reductions

  • 11,985.0 - Tons of   Solid Waste
  • 342.0 - Tons of   Batteries (wet cell)
  • Precious metals (silver)
  • 1.0 - Tons of   Solvent distillation
  • 162.0 - Tons of   Used solvents
  • 77.0 - Tons of   Used anti-freeze
  • 441.0 - Tons of   Used oil/fuel

Additional Information :

The wide-ranging waste reduction, composting, and recycling programs reduced the quantity of solid waste generated at the Base by 34 percent between 1990 and 1994. In 1994 alone, the waste reduction programs prevented the disposal of over 13,000 tons of materials.

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