WasteCap of Lincoln’s E-Newsletter

April 2003

Happy Earth Day!  Test your Environmental Knowledge or discover your Ecological Footprint with these short, but “fun fact”-packed quizzes.  Make sure to visit WasteCap’s booth at Nebraska Wesleyan’s Earth Day Fair on April 22nd from 1 pm to 8 pm.  This month’s E-Newsletter is focused on commitments to reducing environmental impact.  While they might be categorized as corporate giants, these highlighted businesses are trying their best to help save our resources.    

Clean Your Files Week is approaching fast!  This year’s CYFW event will be held from April 21st – April 25th.  We need to have all applications by April 18th if you wish to participate!!

DATE CHANGE:  2nd Annual Training & Vendor Show set for November 4th, 2003- Mark your calendars!  Following in the footsteps of the “Nebraska Recycling & Pollution Prevention Training & Vendor Show” of October 2002, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better!

We Need Input…Would you like to see us highlight a specific environmental issue? What do your employees need to have more information on? Contact us at [email protected] with new focus ideas for the newsletter!

Check out our website at www.wastecaplnk.org for WasteCap’s 2003 Calendar of Events along with all our recent publications and press releases.

 

What’s New for April 2003:

 

¨      WasteCap’s New Member Profile

¨      Double Eagle Beverage, LLC

¨      Buy Recycled Training Results

¨      WasteCap’s Computer Collection a Success

¨      Revamped Nebraska Environmental Network Offers Networking Opportunities for Local Technical Assistance Providers

¨      Fostering Sustainable Behavior Workshop to be held in Ames on May 1st

¨      City Issues Warning about Chemical Found in Compost

¨      Retrofit Recycling Pick-Up Dates

¨      Markets Corner

¨      McDonald’s Menu: Big Macs and Big-Time Source Reduction

¨      Kinko’s Increases Green Power Usage Nationwide

¨      Coke Enhances Commitment to Recycled Content Bottles

¨      Kentucky Draws Energy from Local Landfill

¨      Soy Food Producer Slashes CO2 Emissions with Wind Power

 

WasteCap’s New Member Profile

WasteCap of Lincoln is pleased to announce that our membership is growing and now includes some of the service providers that our current members are using.  We are happy to welcome them into our membership.

Double Eagle Beverage, LLC

In December 2002, Double Eagle Beverage purchased D&D Distributor, the Anheuser-Busch and Corona rep for the Lincoln area.  Since the acquisition, not many differences can be seen.  The new owner changed only the business name, added two new employees and introduced some new technologies.  Double Eagle Beverage employs 62 personnel to maintain the 17 full-time delivery routes.  It also retains a customer base that includes seven counties and 642 accounts.

Tony Gillick, the new owner of Double Eagle, is originally from St. Louis, the hometown of Anheuser-Busch.  Mr. Gillick worked as a salesperson and manager for the brewery giant for 13 years before owing a distributorship in Chicago for 14 years.  Due to recent distribution network consolidations to improve efficiencies, he has relocated to the Lincoln distributorship. 

Coming from Chicago, Mr. Gillick was accustomed to the economic and environmental benefits associated with recycling and wanted to see those same benefits at his new distributor location.  Upon relocating to Lincoln, he made ties with WasteCap of Lincoln in order to set up a new recycling program including cardboard, aluminum, glass, and office paper.  WasteCap of Lincoln performed an on-site waste assessment, showing Double Eagle several methods to reduce refuse costs and implement a recycling program.  Once in place, the program will save an estimated $2,000 annually.

Buy Recycled Training Results

WasteCap of Lincoln and Latsch’s presented a free workshop to address the purchase of recycled products and environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) on Wednesday, March 19th at the Scottish Rite Temple, 332 Centennial Mall South, in Lincoln from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. 

This workshop provided an avenue for purchasing managers to tighten up purchasing policies and implement corporate environmental principles into their company’s purchasing strategies. 

Featured speakers included Carrie Hakenkamp, Director of WasteCap of Lincoln and John Costin, Vice-President of Sales at Latsch’s.  The joint effort between WasteCap and Latsch’s to increase recycled-content and environmentally preferable purchasing was discussed.  The program has assisted WasteCap members in increasing their purchase of recycled content products at Latsch’s.  Hakenkamp and Costin also outlined the benefits of buying recycled products including EPA Recommendations and a list of Designated Products.  Other topics included Establishing a Buy-Recycled/EPP Program, Policies and Procedures, Setting Goals, Developing a Green Purchasing Program, Key Players, and The Components of Great Buy Recycled/EPP Programs and Policies.

WasteCap received positive feedback from this and other Buy Recycled training sessions in the past.  In the evaluations, attendees reported learning about remanufactured toner cartridges, environmentally friendly cleaning products, how to write a recycled policy, tips for buying recycled, and that almost every item can be purchased with recycled content.

Similar “Buy Recycled” training packets are available free of charge to our WasteCap members upon request.  Please contact the WasteCap office at [email protected] or 472-0888 to receive your copy.

WasteCap’s Computer Collection a Success

WasteCap of Lincoln hosted its eighth computer collection, second in Lincoln, on Friday, April 11th from 10 am to 4 pm at State Fair Park.  Nearly 100 cars went through the two drop-off lanes for computer equipment for a bright, sunny day.  About 40,000 pounds of computers and electronic equipment were collected, including the weight from over 850 monitors – enough to nearly fill two semi-tractor trailer loads. 

This computer collection marks a momentous occasion as the last collection just two years ago in Lincoln garnered only 2,000 pounds.  All of the equipment gathered will be broken down for recycling at CP Recovery of Omaha.  If you missed our computer collection and/or still have materials to recycle, click here for a listing of service providers who will take your electronic equipment. 

A special thanks to all our volunteers and sponsors – our event would not have been nearly as successful without your help and support!

Revamped Nebraska Environmental Network Offers Networking Opportunities for Local Technical Assistance Providers 

Nearly 20 technical assistance providers attended the Nebraska Environmental Network meeting on April 3rd from 1 to 3 at the Lancaster County Extension Office.  In years past, the Nebraska Environmental Network met on a routine basis. The Network meetings offered an informal forum for a group of environmental organizations and technical assistance providers in the state to discuss problems, share opportunities and experiences, draw upon the experience of peer providers, and leverage resources when possible.

In February, several Nebraska environmental service providers had the opportunity to meet with a similar group in Iowa when, on February 11, the Iowa group met in Council Bluffs.  Participants came away re-energized about the positive value that comes from these periodic meetings.  Part of this is due to the fact that such meetings provide a rich environment for collaboration and program review.  Another reason to restart these meetings was to discuss how we can strategically approach the diminishing public expenditure in valuable service provision, as evidenced by the DEQ's loss of the P2 coordinator and the loss of Environmental Trust funds.

The initial purpose for the meeting was for attendees to familiarize each another with their programs, projects, and target audience. This helps to create a better networking environment between programs throughout the state and provide a fertile context for partnership development.  For more information on this organization, please contact the WasteCap office at [email protected] or 472-0888.

Fostering Sustainable Behavior Workshop to be held in Ames on May 1st  

Everyone is invited to the “Fostering Sustainable Behavior” Workshop in Ames, Iowa on May 1st.  This full-day workshop helps people break through the information and research clutter and learn how to make a difference.  Building on the research that shows simply providing information to individuals rarely leads to action, this innovative workshop introduces community-based social marketing and provides participants with the knowledge they need to deliver effective programs.  The workshop covers four key areas:

·        How to identify the barriers to a desired behavior, such as composing or reducing lawn watering

·        How to use behavior change “tools” to design more effective programs

·        How and why to pilot test a program

·        How to evaluate the impact of a program once it has been implemented.

This workshop will prove to be especially valuable if your work involves encouraging individuals or businesses to engage in environmentally beneficial behaviors – such as those involved in waste reduction, water and energy efficiency, watershed protection, pollution prevention or transportation changes.  Dr. McKenzie-Mohr, an environmental psychologist and professor at St. Thomas University, will be the presenter.  For more information and a registration form for the event, click here: http://www.iowarecycles.org/fsb-overview.htm

City Issues Warning about Chemical Found in Compost 

Trace amounts of Clopyralid (clo-PEER-uh-lid), a chemical found in several broad leaf weed killers and granular weed and feed fertilizers, has been discovered in the City’s LinGro compost.  Several types of vegetables and flowers could be damaged if gardeners misapply the compost. One of the City’s goals is to reduce the use of this herbicide to treat local lawns.  If your business collects and sends grass clippings to the local compost facility, it is extremely important to check with your lawn service to determine if any clopyralid-containing products are used on your property.  An electronic list of products in Nebraska containing Clopyralid can be provided to you by e-mailing [email protected].

Businesses continuing to use Clopyralid-containing products, should no longer send their clippings to the City, but instead mulch the clippings on your turf.  It is also important to note that, while this chemical may produce adverse effects on your garden plants, it WILL NOT pose any health risk to those who come in contact with the compost.  It should not damage plants if the recommended application rate of one inch of compost tilled into six inches of soil is followed.  More information on Clopyralid in compost and proper application rates can be obtained through the City’s website: www.interlinc.ci.lincoln.ne.us.  Click on Government, City Departments, Public Works and Utilities, and Solid Waste Operations and Recycling.  Any further questions on this matter should be directed to Gene Hanlon, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Lincoln (441-7043).

Retrofit Recycling Pick-Up Dates

Reminder that WasteCap of Lincoln members do receive discounted fluorescent lamp, ballast, electronic and battery recycling services through Retrofit Recycling (800-274-1309) and Environmental Compliance Enterprises (466-2268).  Please let us know if you need an updated price sheet.

April:

21st & 22nd

28th & 29th

May:

12th & 13th

26th & 27th

Markets Corner

 

February

March

April

OCC

50

60

70

CPO

50

70

70

Mag

0

0

0

News

20

20

20

SOP

25

25

25

     

Reminder that WasteCap/INFORM Members using Midland Recycling are paid $20 under the reported price for loose cardboard (OCC) and $5 under the reported price for baled cardboard in bales weighing over 1,000 pounds.

Material abbreviations:

OCC- Old Corrugated Cardboard

CPO- Computer Print Out
Mag- Old Magazines
News- Old Newspaper

SOP– Sorted Office Paper

McDonald’s Menu: Big Macs and Big-Time Source Reduction

McDonald’s Corporation realizes the close connection of being a business leader as well as an environmental leader.  Their environmental commitment and behavior is guided by principles such as effective solid waste management, reduction, reuse, recycling, conserving/protecting natural resources, and encouraging environmental values and practices.  McDonald’s has been involved with everything from Backyard Wildlife Habitats to source reduction in napkin and container size.  McDonald’s has contributed greatly to worldwide environmental efforts by helping to “close the loop” on recycled content purchasing and being the founding/initial member of several pro-environment organizations, such as NRC’s Buy Recycled Business Alliance (BRBA), EPA’s Green Lights, and EPA’s WasteWi$e.

For the Complete Story, Visit:

http://www.mcdonalds.com/corporate/social/environment/index.html

Kinko’s Increases Green Power Usage Nationwide

Kinko’s Inc., the world’s leading provider of document solution and business services, announced its plan to increase its projected annual use of green power by 37% to approximately 11.2 million kilowatt hours (kWh).  More than 150 Kinko’s stores in 13 state now buy renewable power.  This increased “green power” usage will prevent over 3 million pounds of CO2 emissions.  Larry Rogero, director of environmental affairs for Kinko’s, states “Using renewable power is a necessary step for our business to take on its journey to becoming a more sustainable business. This action delivers the lasting environmental, economic and social benefits derived from using clean, renewable and locally produced energy.”

For the Complete Story, Visit:

http://www.kinkos.com/pr/pr_021220031045064178.php

Coke Enhances Commitment to Recycled Content Bottles

The Coca-Cola Company recently received an award from the Plastic Redesign Project (PRP) for its commitment to use 10 % recycled content in its plastic bottles by 2005.  The PRP coalition commended Coca-Cola for their commitment, which is expected to increase demand for recycled PET by close to 10%, expand the bottle market for RPET, create a standard for other beverage companies to follow that should eventually double Coke’s individual impact, and help develop technological innovation needed to make recycled PET cheaper than virgin materials.

For the Complete Story, Visit:

http://www.recyclingtoday.com/News/news.asp?Id=3719

Kentucky Draws Energy from Local Landfill

Kentucky, known for being a coal-dependent state, will receive its first ever power plants to be fueled by methane and other gases generated by landfills.  The plan is comprised of three plants that will cost $4 million each and generate a total of 10 megawatts of power from landfill gases that would otherwise contribute to global warming.  Customers requesting the green electricity will be required to pay a small fee since methane-based electricity is more expensive than traditional coal-fired power plant. 

For the Complete Story, Visit:

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/local/5417703.htm

Soy Food Producer Slashes CO2 Emissions with Wind Power

White Wave, Inc., the nation’s largest soy product manufacturer, recently became the largest American company to purchase wind power credits.  The over 55,000 megawatt-hours worth of credits will replace 100% of the electrical power in all of the manufacturer’s plants.  The Boulder, Colorado-based company will save 32 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually by switching to clean, sustainable wind energy.  This is the equivalent of removing over 3,200 automobiles from our highways each year.

For the Complete Story, Visit:

http://www.bonenvfdn.org/news/releases/022703.shtm