Nebraskans for Organized Recycling Management
|Tactics to Combat Catalog Waste
Each day, many Americans open the mailbox and find a thick stack of
Catalog companies routinely sell, rent, or trade mailing lists. Consumers can reduce waste by limiting the circulation of their names to those companies whose mailings they wish to receive. Here's how you can lighten the load in your mailbox:
Stop unwanted mailings generally.
companies who subscribe to the MPS typically check their lists against it a few times a
year, it may take several months for you to see results. For
Stop unwanted mailings selectively.
Eliminate duplicate and undeliverable mailings.
Reduce the number of mailings you receive.
Recycled content and recycling.
Using recycled content in catalog paper saves natural resources and reduces pollution
and waste. Recycling catalogs means less paper is sent to landfills, and more recovered
fiber is available to make recycled paper products. Here's how
Encourage the use of recycled paper.
Help keep catalogs recyclable.
Check the catalogs you order from regularly. Do they contain stick-on
Cleaner Manufacturing, Protecting Forests.
Because catalog companies purchase so much paper, their choice of paper supplier can have significant environmental implications. Some suppliers employ better forest management practices and cleaner manufacturing technologies than others do. Let the catalog companies you deal with know that you are concerned about the environmental impacts of their paper use, including how the paper is produced and how the trees harvested to make it are managed. Tell them you expect them to address these issues in their role as large paper purchasers.
In many different industries, consumer action - at least as much as government regulation - has been critical in motivating businesses to improve their environmental performance. Not only do your individual actions benefit the environment, but they also send an important signal to catalog companies about what matters to you as a customer - thus contributing to a larger solution.
The Alliance for Environmental Innovation is a joint initiative of the
Taken from Alliance for Environmental Innovation website: given above.
We have complete INFORM membership listings with links to individual member websites and a markets page that tracks the prices of commodities annually. New to our website is a resource section with information and hotlinks to agencies involved in recycling at the local, state and national levels.
Also newly available on the website are the Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide and the monthly newsletters in downloadable .pdf format.
WasteCap staff would love to hear from you! Our website was established to better serve our members and wed like some feed back from you. We are open to any recommendations of features you would like to see or issues that need attention. Please contact us at 472-0888, 472-2246 fax, or e-mail Carrie Hakenkamp at [email protected] with your suggestions.National Clean Your Files Day 2000
In April 1999, the US Conference of Mayors held its third national Clean Your Files Day campaign to raise awareness about paper recycling.
The City of Lincoln will participate this coming year, and we invite your organization to join others across the country in this Earth Day activity scheduled for April 21, 2000. This simple and easy-to-implement project generates increased amounts of paper for recycling, provides an opportunity to reinforce positive behaviors, and educates employees about office paper recycling programs.
For more information on how you can participate contact Carrie Hakenkamp at 472-0888.
Taken in part from recycling at work, Winter 1999Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
EPA has released the Final Guidance on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP), a document that will greatly assist Executive agencies to meet the mandate to adopt environmentally preferable purchasing under Executive Order 13101 Greening the Government through Waste Prevention, Recycling, and Federal Acquisition.
The Final Guidance is centered around the following 5 guidance principles:
Make purchasing decisions based on accurate and meaningful information about environmental performance of products and services.
The Final Guidance also provides suggested steps for Executive agency implementation, a list of available resources to facilitate EPP, and a set of appendices, including a glossary of terms and a list with definitions of environmental attributes.
The Final Guidance is primarily intended for Federal government use. However, state and local government purchasers, green vendors, and those in the environmental community may also find the concepts and information applicable in their environmentally preferable purchasing efforts.
The Final Guidance is published in the Federal Register dated August 20, 1999. You may find it at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPAFR_CONTENTS/1999/August/Day/-20/contents.htm. In the near future, a fact sheet and hard copies of the Final Guidance will be available to order by contacting the Pollution Prevention Information Clearinghouse at 202-260-1023 or contact Carrie Hakenkamp at 472-0888.
Taken from the US Office of the Federal Environmental Executive Newsletter, Fall, 1999Where Does Your Pricing Come From?
There is only one constant in the market portion of the recycling equation: Price is NEVER constant. In order to provide our members with the most up-to-date pricing information, WasteCap staff diligently includes a market section in every newsletter and on our website: www.wastecaplink.org.
This feature gives not only the current market prices for the commodities with which we utilize memoranda, but gives a history of the last few months to enable our readers to glean information from any trends that may be developing in the short term.
The market pricing of OCC ( corrugated cardboard) is taken from the third edition Chicago Yellow Sheet. We obtain the market pricing for the other commodities from the listings in Fibre Market News for the Chicago region. The listings do not pinpoint the purchase levels, but do determine what we are paid from Midland Recycling for OCC and for SOP.Presidential Proclamation Advocates ARD
Recycling is one of the great success stories in America's crusade to
protect our environment and preserve our natural resources. Americans have undergone a
fundamental change in attitude about recycling during the past 4 decades. Where most
Americans and many industries were once unmindful of our resources and careless in
disposing of waste materials, people across our country now recognize the importance of
recycling and have made it part of their daily routines. In 1996 alone, recycling
nationwide diverted a total of 57 million tons of material away from landfills and
incinerators -- more than a quarter of our country's annual municipal solid waste.
Information provided by Ann Allen, Coordinator, America Recycles DaySooner State First to Launch Landfill Gas Project
The first commercial landfill gas project in the state of Oklahoma is under way in Oklahoma City.
DTE Biomass Energy is delivering landfill gas collected from Allied Waste Industries, Inc.s Southeast Oklahoma City landfill to the Georgia Gulf Corp. plant.
The plant burns the gas in its boilers to meet fuel needs for the production of polyvinyl chloride resins.
DTE Biomass Energy contracted with Oklahoma Natural Gas, the local gas distribution company, to install and operate the pipeline, which will pipe the gas (expected 3 million cubic feet per day) more than two miles to the chemical plant.
Georgia Gulfs production requires an uninterrupted supply of fuel. The plant boiler was modified to burn either landfill gas, natural gas or a blend to maintain uninterrupted operations.
Landfill gas is priced competitively with traditional fossil fuel, DTE Biomass President Curtis T. Ranger said.
Landfill gas helps Georgia Gulf lower its energy costs and helps the environment by reducing emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas, he said.
DTE Biomass has completed 24 landfill gas projects. In 1998, the company collected about 15 billion cubic feet of landfill gas.
Taken from WasteNews Volume 5, Issue 29, Nov. 29, 1999Happy Holidays from WasteCap!
There will be no INFORM meeting for the month of December. Instead we wish everyone a happy holiday season and encourage our members to check out our updated website at www.wastecaplink.org.