Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May 7 2210

Incinerators at work on the base. There are no landfills here so waste created on the base is incinerated. Two of many, these handle 150,000 plastic drinking bottles a day plus everything else you can imagine. Metals are cut up at a scrap yard sent off base to be reused. Wood scrap is recycled where possible. The burn area is thankfully situated down wind from most base activities but that is not always the case. In Kabul there is an incinerator located close enough that I developed a migrane headache that lasted until the wind changed direction (killed a few brain cells that week). Lord knows what they were burning, plastic bottles I was told. I assume the local population has little say about the placement of these subcontracted facilities.

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