WasteCap of Lincoln’s Recycling E-Newsletter

December 2002  


Happy Holidays from WasteCap Staff!  In the spirit of the holidays, we have compiled articles about the holidays, everything from where to shop for  “environmentally friendly” presents, to the answers to the everlasting real vs. fake Christmas tree debates. 


Mark your calendars!  WasteCap of Lincoln has already announced several of its events for next year – for listing of topics and dates, check out this month’s newsletter!


Check out our website at www.wastecaplnk.org for an updated member list as well as an easy-to-use version of the recently published A Guidebook of Local & Regional Environmental Service Providers.  Included are direct links to commodity-specific research and local service providers.



What’s New for December 2002:  
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¨      New Member Profiles

¨      2002 WasteCap Member Summary

¨      New “User Friendly” Web Version of Service Provider Guidebook

¨      CP Recovery MOU Available for WasteCap Members

¨      Upcoming Events for WasteCap of Lincoln

¨      Free E-Newsletters Available from Recycling Today Magazine

¨      Retrofit Recycling Pick-Up Dates

¨      Markets Corner

¨      Live vs. Fake Christmas Trees:  Environmental Impacts

¨      Holiday Shopping at “Green Businesses”

¨      Disposable DVDs and Video Cameras Hit Market

¨      Guide to a Low-Waste Holiday Season


New Member Profiles

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.



2002 WasteCap Member Summary

With the establishment of a new, three-tired membership structure to better serve our members, this year has been an exciting one for WasteCap of Lincoln.  Since this E-newsletter is the first since May to not have a new member to highlight, we decided to provide an overview of all the new members we have received this year to date.  Opening up our membership to service providers and vendor recruitment for the P2 Training & Vendor Show helped boost our membership numbers this year.  In 2002, WasteCap added the following 12 members:

·         CP Recovery

·         Electronic Recyclers

·         Environmental Compliance Enterprises

·         Firstar Fiber

·         Gabilan Manufacturing

·         Li-Cor, Inc.

·         Lincoln Plating

·         Midland Recycling

·         Recycling Enterprises

·         Retrofit Recycling

·         Roberts Recycling

·         Shred All


Thanks again to all of the businesses who have continued to support WasteCap of Lincoln.  We look forward to working with all of you in 2003 – thank you for the successful year!


New “User Friendly” Web Version of Service Provider Guidebook 

WasteCap recently updated their website in order to make a more “user friendly” version of the new publication, A Guidebook of Local & Regional Environmental Service Providers.  While there is still a direct link to the guidebook in its original format (click here to view it), the new version has direct links to the commodity-specific research and local service provider information.  The new “point and click” guidebook will make viewing sessions much easier and less time-consuming.  To visit the new version, simply go to the home page of WasteCap and click on the Local Recyclers box on the left side of the screen.


Please take a few moments to utilize the new version of the guidebook.  As always, don’t hesitate to give us feedback on both the manual and the web page so that we can continue to improve upon it in future editions. 


All WasteCap member representatives should have received this guidebook in the mail already.  Please contact us if you have not received a copy of the guidebook either through the mail or from the P2 Training & Vendor Show.   


CP Recovery MOU Available for WasteCap Members  

WasteCap recently finished negotiating the memorandum between CP Recovery of Omaha and WasteCap of Lincoln members.  CP Recovery has agreed to service WasteCap members at a discounted price.  To learn more about how CP Recovery can save your business money on computer and electronic equipment disposal, please contact Jeremy McNeal at (888) 411-6975 or [email protected].  If you wish to receive a copy of the memorandum for your records, please e-mail us at [email protected].  Below is a detailed description of CP Recovery, obtained from their presentation at the Services Committee Meeting in October.


CP Recovery is a full service computer and electronic equipment disposition company that serves a five state region.  Focusing on “end-of-life” electronic equipment, 95% of material processed at CP Recovery is beyond use and/or repair.  They accept all electronics from PC’s and TV’s to photocopiers and batteries, but will not take microwaves or other appliances.  In addition to recycling the components, CP Recovery will perform a “wipe drive” to remove all confidential information and data from the piece of equipment.  All equipment received is weighed and tracked for customer security and satisfaction.  Every component is dismantled and recycled, with nothing being sent overseas.


On July 1st, CP Recovery received a grant to fund the purchase of a CRT glass cutter.  They are one of only six businesses to have the capability of “glass-to-glass” recycling.  It is the only EPA-approved method to recycle computer monitors and incurs no serious risk to workers.  The self-contained glass cutter has a stationary saw (a diamond blade that is replaced weekly) that is cooled by four jets of water.  The machine is able to cut 25 screens an hour and in all, CP Recovery generates about 5,000 pounds of dismantled electronic equipment each day.



Upcoming Events for WasteCap of Lincoln – Mark Your Calendars!

Even though the year has not yet come to a close, WasteCap of Lincoln already has many of its events nailed down to the 2003 calendar.  The following is a list of the events and trainings scheduled by WasteCap thus far.  Mark down the dates now into your calendar – we’ll be sending more information and formal invitations soon!


Employee Recycling “Train the Trainer” – February 12th from 8:30 am to 12 noon at the Lancaster Co. Extension Office

This training session will not only help you, as a business representative, train your employees how to recycle, but also how to maintain your current recycling program.  Attendees will receive WasteCap’s “Employee Training Modules,” our newest educational publication.  Topics will include how and why businesses should recycle electronics, fiber, fluids (oil, solvents, etc.), fluorescent light tubes, pallets, and tires.


Latsch’s “Buy Recycled” Training – March 19th from 8:30 am to 11 am at the Scottish Rite Temple

Latsch’s will host and sponsor this half-day training session to assist local businesses in purchasing recycled-content office supplies.  Attendees will receive WasteCap’s guide entitled “Buy Recycled: Train the Trainer Program.”


Computer & Electronic Equipment Collection – April 11th from 10 am to 4 pm at State Fair Park

Held in conjunction with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department’s CESQG Hazardous Waste Collection, this grant-funded collection will offer businesses the opportunity to recycle old electronic equipment at a reduced fee.


Free E-Newsletters Available from Recycling Today Magazine

The publishers of the recyclingtoday.com electronic newsletter will be releasing two new free e-newsletters within the next two weeks. Coming next month will be the launch of Recycling Today Magazines’ fibremarketnews.com electronic newsletter. This bi-weekly newsletter will include all the pertinent information for the dynamic paper recycling industry. The newsletter will include news, production figures, and market trends from throughout the world. It will be an essential product for anyone interested in keeping up to date with the paper recycling industry.


The second newsletter, called the C&D Recycler Update, will come out once a month. This product will be put together by the editorial staff of C&D Recycler magazine. The magazine will cover the trends surrounding the construction and demolition industry, including legislation, bids available, market trends, and news for companies involved in all facets of the construction and demolition industry.


To receive a complimentary subscription to either newsletter, send a request to FibreMarketNews.com or C&D Recycler Update. Please make sure you indicate which newsletter you would like to receive. You may receive subscriptions to either newsletter.

For editorial questions about www.cdrecycler.com or the C&D Newsletter contact Brian Taylor at [email protected].



The C&D newsletter will be released in conjunction with a brand new web site, www.cdrecycler.com, which will be focused exclusively on the construction and demolition waste. The web site will be up and running by next month.


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.



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Markets Corner




























Reminder that 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


Live vs. Fake Christmas Trees: Environmental Impacts   

Purchasing a live Christmas tree can raise concerns about cutting a beautiful, living tree.  However, cutting the tree actually helps fulfill its destiny.


Dennis Adams, extension forester, says that most live Christmas trees are grown and cultured in plantations with the specific purpose of harvest at a certain size or age.  It takes an average of seven years to grow a six to seven foot pine Christmas tree.  When these trees are harvested, most growers replant with seedlings the following spring to begin the cycle again.


The replanting of Christmas trees makes them renewable resources.  When a live Christmas tree is bought, a renewable resource is used rather than depleting the unrenewable resources used in manufacturing artificial Christmas trees.


Live Christmas trees also are beneficial because they help clean the air, control soil erosion and provide habitat for wildlife while they are growing.  Live Christmas trees also may be a way of arousing an appreciation of the beauty and usefulness of trees in the minds of children.  A keen appreciation of trees is an important step toward the will to plant and care for them.


- Reprinted with permission of the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in the Lancaster County The Nebline


Holiday Shopping at “Green Businesses”  

In the world of marketing and finance it’s often called “green business.”  It refers to an ever-growing trend of marketing environmentally friendly products to consumers.  Often these businesses are small, home-based, and rely primarily on the Internet for their customers.  They cater to an enlightened consume increasingly concerned about finite resources, pollution, and landfill disposal issues.


The environmentally friendly products offered by these businesses include organically grown items or items produced and packaged using recycled products.  The following websites provide hundreds of links to green businesses.  You can find everything from hemp dog collars and organic crib sheets to more practical items like recycled paper and environmentally safe detergents.  So point and click you way into some guilt free holiday shopping today….





  -         Reprinted with permission of Keep Nebraska Beautiful in the Fall 2002 The Link



Disposable DVDs and Video Cameras Hit Market  

Sure, everyone has heard of, and has appreciated using, disposable diapers, razors, pens, etc.  But have you heard about the latest addition to America’s “Disposable Society”?  Now available on the markets are disposable cell phones, also known as “talk and toss” mobiles and one-time use DVDs and video cameras.  Learn more about how our spending habits are following a “buy, use, discard” mentality, rather than the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra of the environmental movement. 

For the complete story, click here:


Guide to a Low-Waste Holiday Season

According to 1997 data, 5 million extra tons of trash is produced between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day in the US each year.  Last year, Bill McKibben’s book “Hundred Dollar Holiday” became a big hit: proposing that we spend less money, create less waste, and instead spend more time, enjoying a simpler, more relaxed holiday.  If this idea appeals to you, these websites may be of interest as you start thinking about the upcoming holidays.

For the complete story, click here:
http://www.newdream.org/holiday/mckibbenchat.html - Transcript of Chat with Bill McKibben

http://www.buynothingchristmas.org/index.html - Buy Nothing Christmas