Department of Defense

DoD Recycling Centers

Due to the exponential growth of the DoD’s Demil Stockpile, the costs associated with it, and the export of valuable raw materials from the demilitarization of munitions and DoD turn-in items, I recommend the scrap material from DoD turn-in items and Demilitarization efforts be recycled at government run or contracted processing plants (i.e. Steel mills). Congress passed the Resource Recovery and Recycling (R3) Demilitarization Law, which went into effect in 2007. Prior to the law salvageable material was sold as scrap and proceeds were sent to the US Treasury; after the law salvageable scarp is still sold at scrap value, but the proceeds are reinvested into R3 programs (De-Mil). This scrap is often very high quality, but sold at the going scrap rate. This program would send all scarp and turn-in items directly to a facility, which would recycle the material into useable raw material. These recyclables/government furnished material (GRM) products could be passed on to DoD programs and supplied to contractors as GFM.


I.E. a rocket motor made from Aermet 100, which was made from raw material costing $50/lb, would NOT be sold as scrap for $20/lb, but reprocessed at a government or contractor ran processing plant at $10/lb. The processing cost to turn Aermet 100 scrap into useable Aermet 100 raw material at $10/lb would essentially save $20/lb as a program wouldn’t have to buy the raw material at $50/lb but $30/lb from the facility.


This not only controls the prices of raw materials associated with programs; but because the material has already passed through quality control it helps prevent contamination. This joint services effort would not only help generate revenue for PM-Demil and R3 programs but reduce risk to programs through better quality controlled and regulated raw materials. It would also control the export of valuable natural resources to other countries. Cost savings could be in the billions over the life of the program, but mainly it could insure the security of our valuable materials used for DoD applications during peace time.



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Idea No. 17576