Environmental Protection

Allied Waste to pick up and recycle trash from Boy Scout Jamboree

Allied Prepares to Collect Estimated 900 Tons of Boy Scouts' Trash

What do you get when nearly 45,000 Boy Scouts and adult leaders gather for a 10-day Jamboree? Trash and recycling, and lots of it. But Allied Waste of Northern Virginia, a Republic Services company, is up to the task.

“This is a massive clean-up project,” said Max Johns, division manager for Allied Waste of Fredericksburg. “But Allied has experience with large clean-up projects like this. The company has cleaned up after Super Bowls, Triple Crown races and most recently, a presidential inauguration.”

Fort A.P. Hill, Va. is home to the grand celebration of 100 years of Scouting in America- the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. Scouts from all 50 states and 26 nations gather July 26 to August 4.

Because the Jamboree is spread out over 10 days and a 3,500-acre area, Allied workers must be flexible and extremely careful as they drive massive garbage trucks throughout the site. The dynamics are different every day due to arena shows, road closures, one-way roads and army base access protocol. Safety is the focus of Allied’s efforts.

Allied placed 450 trash containers around the Jamboree site; 90 are dedicated to single-stream recycling. “The Boy Scouts of America believes that helping youth is a key to building a more responsible, and productive society. We believe that it is responsible and productive to recycle,” said Johns. “And, after all, the Boy Scouts of America has been supportive of recycling for many years.”

When the Jamboree concludes on Aug. 4, Allied is prepared for the final clean-up with 45 roll off containers, 450 front load containers and only nine employees. The company anticipates collecting 900 tons of garbage and recycling.

Though formal planning for the clean-up began in September 2009, Allied already had a game plan since the company handled the clean-up for the 2005 Jamboree.

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