Fort Bliss, TX (KTSM) — As part of the new “Bring your own Bag” recycling campaign launched by the Fort Bliss Recycling Center, Soldiers, family members and civilians gathered at Freedom Crossing April 22, to perform the “wobble dance” and pass out reusable shopping bags.
More than 100 members of the Fort Bliss and El Paso communities came together to perform a flash mob dance and hand out the reusable bags to patrons at the food court. The bags are made of canvas and can be reused, unlike to the plastic and paper bags currently given out at the Post Exchange and the commissary.
According to Terri Smythe, the Fort Bliss Recycling center manager, the BYOB campaign is designed to raise awareness in the community on how to eliminate the use and misuse of plastic bags.
“Out here in the desert the plastic bags become litter, they are in our parks, along the streets and hanging in trees,” said Smythe. “We want to reduce that waste.”
The post has a new $1.5 million recycling goal set by the post commander, after the previous $1 million goal was reached in November 2012. Smythe was asked by Col. Brant V. Dayley, the Fort Bliss Garrison commander, to help reduce the impact of recycling waste on Fort Bliss.
Smythe worked with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation office here to design the events that took place at Freedom Crossing during the Earth Day observation. Smythe said the flash mob was organized to increase awareness on post with a quick, fun event that will help spread the word about the importance of recycling.
Mark Cauthers, the deputy to the Garrison commander for Fort Bliss, was present for the wobble dance and said he was pleased with the response they had to the flash mob request.
“If each of us can do our part, and use the canvas bags, it’s a great boost to our recycling programs,” said Cauthers.
One of the Soldiers that got involved in the event, Pfc. Sean Robinson, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, signed up to participate after talking to a sergeant in his unit.
“If we’re not going to take care of our environment, then who will,” Robinson said. “We have to lead the fight, on and off the battlefield.”
The BYOB campaign is just one of the many ways that Soldiers and their families can help keep Fort Bliss and El Paso clean. For more information about the Fort Bliss Recycling center and its resources please go to www.bliss.army.mil/FortBlissRecycles  or like them on Facebook.