“Camp Pendleton’s qualified recycling program (QRP) is committed to providing the installation with the best recycling program in the Department of Defense and Marine Corps. A recycling program that provides effective education to all segments of the installation’s population and develops effective and efficient measurable waste reduction practices to meet Federal, State and local waste reduction requirements. A recycling program that effectively conserves our environment and natural resources, extending the life of Base landfills by diverting identifiable recyclables and locating the best methods
and markets for selling material to contribute to quality of life programs (QOL).”


icon Maintain a self-sustaining viable Qualified Recycling Program
icon Sustain operation costs and increase revenue with more efficient equipment and processes
icon Develop and exploit new recycling opportunities to expand program capabilities
and revenue streams
icon Increase awareness, education, and participation
icon Divert identifiable recyclable waste streams from our landfills


MCB, Camp Pendleton recycling program was started in 1987 as a Qualified Recycling Program (QRP) in order to stimulate conservation of our natural resources, and as an incentive for military installations to reduce the volume of recyclable materials disposed in landfills, Congress passed the Solid Waste Disposal Act.

The USMC in 1977 sent out Marine Corps Bulletin 6240 on Resource Recovery, providing information on solid waste recovery. It was this bulletin that initiated the Marine Corps objective to permit the recovery of recyclable solid waste from the waste stream in compliance with EPA guidelines and other federal directives.

The Congress in passing the Solid Waste Disposal Act, found that due to technological progress and improvements
in the standard of living,

icon There was a significant increase in the amount of materials being discarded
icon The concentration of population in urban areas resulted in serious solid waste problems
icon Inefficient and improper methods of solid waste disposal resulted in serious environmental and health problems
icon Failure to salvage and reuse materials resulted in unnecessary waste and depletion of natural resources

Following the passing of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the Secretary of Defense issued guidance to military departments and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). This guidance contained significant changes in regard to financial management, wherein activities could receive proceeds of sale of certain high value items, such as office waste paper, corrugated cardboard, and newspaper. This was the beginning of the Qualified Recycling Program.

As directed by the Marine Corps Bulletin the program in 1977 was implemented and evolved with focus of attention at the time on collection of cardboard and mixed paper.

In October 1991, the recycling program launched an aggressive effort to meet new state waste reduction requirements. In addition, MCB Camp Pendleton pursued curbside recycling and the program evolved during the 1990’s.

A milestone in 1996 occurred in that Camp Pendleton’s recycling program became the first USMC installation to exercise Direct Sales Authority (DSA). This authority allowed for an Installation’s QRP to sell its recyclables, pending approval from HQMC, and an accepted method of accountability. Following a DoD IG audit and the establishment of an “on-base” program, the QRP was established and allowed to sell recyclables, including scrap paper, cardboard, cans, brass, and scrap metal.

Increased education and awareness across the base made recycling into a rapid growing operation. The program evolved once again in 2000-2008 with the establishment of a new main recycling center in the 22 Area and two satellite sites with one in 52 Area and 13 Area. Most recently the new 22 Area recycling center was commissioned in April of FY08.

Camp Pendleton’s QRP program is recognized as the one of the best and most evolving recycling programs in the Marine Corps. The program has been recognized by environmental, state, and industry groups as an innovator in recycling programs execution.

Regulations, Directives

MCB, Camp Pendleton is located in the state of California and falls under the jurisdiction of the San Diego County when dealing with solid waste and many other environmental matters.


DoD 4715.4: Pollution Prevention – Directs Military Installations to comply with applicable Federal, State, interstate, regional, and local environmental laws, regulations, and standards. Directs DoD activities to establish procedures governing Qualified Recycling Programs (QRP).

MCO 5090.2A: Chapter 17 Marine Corps Order 5090.2_ Environmental Compliance and Protection Manual identifies the policies, requirements and responsibilities for all Marine Corps Installations, to handle solid waste and its recycling program.

RCRA: Resource Compliance Act established federal standards for management of non-hazardous solid waste. Requires federal installations to comply with Federal, State, and local requirements concerning the disposal and management of solid waste.

BO6280.5B: Base Order 6280.5B is MCB Camp Pendleton’s Solid Waste (non-hazardous) Recyclable Materials Program Standing Operating Procedures that guides the installation in its QRP program. Click to Download Base Order 6280.5B (pdf 316k)

BO 6280.7: Standard Operation Procedures for Turn-in of Expended ammunition casings to the Base Recycling Center and procedures for.

Recycling is a component of Camp Pendleton’s solid waste management program and its primary function is to reduce the
volume of waste disposed into the Base Landfills and to meet Federal, state, and local requirements.


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