FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED RECYCLING QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

QUESTION
: Where do I find out what items are supposed to be recycled on the base and what I am supposed to do with them?

ANSWER: The base-recycling program is described in the general recycling brochure and the single stream fact sheet.

QUESTION: If I live in housing, how can I find out what items I am supposed to recycle?

ANSWER: Call a representative from your housing office.

QUESTION: Where can I recycle my packing paper and cardboard from moving if I am military but do not live in Housing?

ANSWER: Packing paper and cardboard can go in the single stream recycling dumpster outside your building on the base.

QUESTION: Where can I bring my excess paper, tin cans, and glass, plastic or cardboard?

ANSWER: Excess paper, aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines, tin cans, and glass, plastic (water jugs, detergent bottles, any container marked with 1-7, plastic grocery bags marked with 2 or 4) or cardboard can go in your deskside single stream recycling container or the single stream recycling dumpster outside your building.

QUESTION: Do I have to take staples out of paper in order to recycle it?

ANSWER: No, staples may be left in paper and it will still be recycled.

QUESTION: Do I have to separate different types of paper products such as office paper, newspaper, colored paper, or magazines?

ANSWER: No, all the different types of paper can be placed in the same single stream blue container. We used to separate all the types of paper, but are no longer required to do so. This makes the recycling of paper products much easier.

QUESTION: What do I do with my outdated manuals that are in a book like binder and are made of paper?

ANSWER: All manuals made from paper may be recycled. If the manual is in a book like binder (with a soft or hard cover), it may be recycled in any blue single stream recycling container or single stream recycling dumpster outside your building.

QUESTION: What do I do with my outdated manuals that are in a 3-ring holder?

ANSWER: Take the paper out of 3 ring binders and recycle it. The three ring binders may be used again for another manual or other purpose (assuming it is in good shape). If the 3-ring binder is ruined, it has to be discarded in the solid waste dumpster.

QUESTION: What do I do with my outdated manuals that have a spiral spine?

ANSWER: The spiral spine is removed from the manual, and the paper is placed in the single stream recycling container. The plastic spine is placed in the single stream recycling bin with the other plastic items.

QUESTION: What do I do with used oil that I have changed out of my vehicles?

ANSWER: You may bring the oil to the Auto Hobby Shop located on base. They have a used oil tank in which they collect all the used oil from oil changes. You may also bring it to any gas station in the community and they will dispose of it for you for a small fee.

QUESTION: Some DoD bases have composting areas on base, does Naval Station Newport?

ANSWER: NAVSTA Newport has a leaf and yard waste pile located along Burma Road at tank farm #5. This is not a composting facility, and does not take organic waste such as food scraps, peels, or any animal manure. It does take leaves, branches, grass clippings, flower clippings, tree cuttings, etc. If you need to use this area, please contact Mr. Scott Mello at the number below.

QUESTION: Whom should I contact to get more information or ask additional questions?

ANSWER: Contact Scott Mello at 401-841-2464 (scott.mello@navy.mil) or Cornelia Mueller at 401-841-7561 (cornelia.mueller@navy.mil)

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