New deal is moving out the metal

By Tim Hoyle DLA Disposition Services

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Large piles of scrap metal in Kuwait will be whittled down under a new contract the Defense Logistics Agency arranged with a local company.

Almost one millions pounds was transported from the DLA Disposition Services site at Camp Arifjan in early September during the first week of removals. By the end of the second week the overall total reached 2.2 million pounds. As the staff prepared for the move, Area Manager Juan Green said he knew everyone was going to be moving quickly just to get it started.

“It is actually getting very busy,” Green said. “We are receiving between 12 and 18 trucks to load scrap into and still working the customer property turn in process; reutilization, transfer and donation requests, conducting training and preforming demilitarization on controlled items.”

The deal allows for up to 15 million pounds of scrap material to be removed from Arifjan. The arrangement is patterned after the way scrap material is collected at military sites in the United States. In fact, Carlos Torres, Public Sales Division chief for DLA Disposition Services’ Acquisition directorate, described the Kuwait scrap operations as “pretty routine.”