Integrated Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste Chart

Welcome to Integrated Solid Waste Management

Each year, DoD's industrial, recreational, and commercial operations generate a variety of solid waste. DoD has adopted an integrated solid waste management (ISWM) approach to effectively manage solid waste generation, diversion, and disposal while maintaining compliance with Federal and DoD requirements. ISWM involves examining the solid waste stream and current markets opportunities to cost effectively minimize waste disposal through diversion. DoD has adopted the following environmental waste management hierarchy - source reduction, sustainable procurement, reuse, donation, recycling, composting, and waste-to-energy before incineration or landfilling. More details are in DoD Instruction 4715.23, "Integrated Recycling and Solid Waste Management," dated October 24, 2016.

DoD Waste Diversion at a Glance, FY16

Non-Hazardous Solid Waste
Total Generated: 1,999,161 tons
Total diverted: 884,408 tons (44%)

Construction & Demolition Debris
Total Generated: 3,159,955 tons
Total diverted: 2,695,189 tons (85%)

Total Waste Generated:
5,159,116 tons

Total Waste Diverted:
3,579,597 tons (69%)

Total Cost Savings:
$168 million

DoD Solid Waste Diversion Fact Sheet