6-21. RUBBISH DISPOSAL
Rubbish or trash accumulated in the field consists mostly of wastes that originate
at kitchens. It includes such items as emptied containers, waste paper, wood, metal,
glass, ashes, and crockery. Rubbish is divided into two classes--combustible (that
which can be burned) and noncombustible (that which will not burn).
a. At temporary camps or on bivouac, rubbish usually is buried in pits or in
trenches with the garbage. If this is done, care should be taken to flatten tin cans and
break down boxes before they are added to the rubbish. Flattening and reducing the
volume of rubbish, together with adequate burial, helps prevent creation of rat
b. Should the unit be located near an ocean or an island, the rubbish and
garbage may be disposed of by having it hauled out to sea and dumped. Several
agencies of the Government are studying this method of rubbish and garbage disposal.
Any changes occurring will be reflected in subsequent revisions.
c. A barrel incinerator (figure 6-18) is made from a 55-gallon drum by cutting out
both ends, punching many holes near the bottom, and inserting grates inside the barrel
several inches above the holes. The barrel is supported several inches above the
ground on stones, brick, or dirt-filled cans, thus allowing space to build a fire under the
barrel. In camps where the length of stay is over one week, the combustible rubbish is
put into the barrel incinerator on the top grate.
Figure 6-18. Barrel incinerator.