Waste is created by Marine Corps Air Station New River every day. Marine squadrons put it in the proper container but where does it go from there? A little known place better known by its acronym, CHRIMP.
CHRIMP stands for the Consolidated Hazardous material Reutilization Inventory Management Program. They handle any type of hazardous material that is produced or used on the station.
"As a whole we ensure that (the squadrons) are using all the proper hazardous material that they are authorized to use. Each squadron has a specific list of the different hazardous material items on their authorization usage list," said Cpl. Tyler Griego, supply clerk representative. "When they don’t need those items anymore or after they’re done using it, it’s our job to pick that up to make sure it’s properly disposed of."
When material arrives at the CHRIMP it is either recycled or removed to the proper disposal facilities. Any used material that isn’t expired can be given to other units in need at no cost.
"We have our waste disposal here with our two civilians. We spin rags here to get excess oil out so they can be recycled. We crush lightbulbs and metal containers. (We get the oil out of) the metal containers so they can be resold," said Sgt. Coleman Haiar, operations chief. "We also have a free issue section. It’s one of the main jobs of the CHRIMP. When a squadron doesn’t use all their hazardous material and it still (has usable material in it,) we put it in our free issue section so it can get reissued out for free… Last year they saved about $384,000 just from using that system."
The CHRIMP works with representatives from the supply section to manage requests, material and ensure squadrons are getting the right material.
"My role is to fulfill the requisitions from the flight line. If the squadron needs a particular item, they put that order in and it comes through me. I pull it off the shelf from the stock and ensure they get it so they can continue the mission on getting the birds flying," said Griego.
Any materials that need to be disposed of can be at the CHRIMP for up to 90 days before being transferred to a treatment disposal facility.
"A big part of waste historically has been expired — shelf life. Too much of a product is ordered and it winds up not being used before it expires. When that happens it has to be disposed of as waste," said Larry Lanier, hazardous waste program manager for the station. "There are a lot of materials that even if used properly, they don’t use all of the materials. They may use three quarters of a quart of paint. You’ve got that final quarter where something has to be done with it… and that’s where I come in."
Lanier works with the treatment disposal facilities to coordinate which wastes go to different places. He works with both hazardous and nonhazardous waste disposal.
"(Waste) can go to various locations. It all goes to a treatment disposal facility. These are licensed facilities that’re licensed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Their purpose is to dispose of wastes, hazardous and nonhazardous waste," said Lanier. "An example of a nonhazardous waste would be grease. A hazardous waste would be… most of the paints used on the aircraft."
At the end of the day the CHRIMP is here to reduce the waste from the station.
"The ultimate goal is to reduce the amount of waste that the Marine Corps has to buy and dispose of," said Lanier.