Sterling Global Operations, Inc., in a two-year project for the U.S. Navy, removed or recycled some 5.9 million pounds of munitions, firing range and target debris from Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, Ariz.
Sterling Global returned the proceeds from the recycled materials back into the Navy range clearance project.
“The resale of recycled materials lowered the project costs significantly to taxpayers,” said William Brown, Sterling Global project manager.
Sterling Global identified and safely removed munitions debris, target debris and other range-related items from nearly 900 acres, transporting it to a holding area designated by the Yuma Range Management Department. All recyclable materials were inspected using Sterling Global’s five-step process, certified as safe, and then transported to local recycling centers.
Items removed from the ranges included MK-80 series bombs; tanks; projectiles; Bomb Dummy Units (BDUs); CONNEX storage containers, and other large vehicles.
“Ranges have to be cleared periodically so they can continue to be used for training,” said Brown. “This work can be quite dangerous, but the professionalism and attention to detail by everyone involved resulted in no accidents or injuries.”
As many as 28 Sterling Global employees were engaged on the project at a single time.
The government assessment rating of Sterling Global’s work said the company “provided an exceptional level of service by safely completing all range clearance work elements within schedule, while minimizing range down time and training conflictsÖAll phases of work were well coordinated and the final deliverable met and or exceeded the expectations of the Marine Corps customer.”
Successful project completion enables the range’s managers to operate a safer range, more effectively plan range operations, and evaluate data on the performance of various types of ordnance.
“It was an extensive project, but now the range is safer, continues to train our military, and the work cost the taxpayers less money than anticipated due to the recycling process,” Brown said.