WasteCap of Lincoln’s Recycling E-Newsletter

February 2003



Happy Valentine’s Day from WasteCap Staff!  If you are interested in having an environmentally friendly V-day, visit Grist Magazine’s Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day List for some great alternative gift-giving ideas.  This month’s E-newsletter focuses on current issues with automobiles cars and fleet maintenance – for both personal and business use.


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! See the newsletter article for more information.


Friendly Reminder… Don’t forget to return your annual volume report and member survey and return them to WasteCap!  Please take a few moments to estimate your volumes and satisfaction with WasteCap so that we are enabled to continue providing quality service to our members.


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 February 2003:

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¨      WasteCap’s New Member Profile

¨      Latsch’s, Inc.

¨      FREE “Business Recycling 101: Train & Maintain” Training Modules Available to WasteCap Members

¨      WasteCap & Latsch’s to Host Buy Recycled Workshop

¨      2nd Annual Training & Vendor Show Planned for November 4th

¨      Two WasteCap Members Recognized in Fortune Magazine

¨      Keep Nebraska Beautiful Wins National Soft Drink Association Award

¨      Retrofit Recycling Pick-Up Dates

¨      Markets Corner

¨      Hybrid Vehicles Gaining Popularity

¨      Hydrogen Powered Vehicles Still 10 Years Away

¨      Controversial TV Commercials: SUVs Aid Terrorists

¨      Closed Loop Recycling for Automobiles

¨      EPA Announces SmartWay Transport

¨      Lubrication Engineers’ Products Help Increase Fleet Performance



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.


Latsch’s, Inc.

Latsch's was started in 1916. It continues the tradition of being a locally owned company.   In February of 2000, Latsch's moved to its current location at 200 Oak Creek Drive.  The new building layout consists of over 13,300 sq. ft., which has allowed for considerable streamlining within the business.  Their specialties include purchase assistance in all phases for any product vital to running a successful business.  This includes but is not limited to office supplies, stamps, furniture, signs, printing, legal forms, and break room supplies.  Latsch’s main focus is commercial accounts but provides service to all clients regardless of size, including individuals.  Latsch's primarily serves Lincoln and surrounding communities but is also now serving clients in other states.  Latsch's Inc. currently employs 23 people and continues to grow.    



FREE “Business Recycling 101: Train & Maintain” Training Modules Available to WasteCap Members

Unique and flexible were words used by attendees to describe WasteCap’s “Business Recycling 101:  Train & Maintain” on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at the Lancaster County Extension Office in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The half-day training session had just over 25 people in attendance, ranging from recycling coordinators to individuals interested in implementing new recycling programs in communities throughout Nebraska. 


The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, Midland Recycling, and the Lancaster County Extension Office, sponsored the event, which highlighted basic techniques for business recycling and waste reduction programs.  The training included recycling information for Computers & Electronic Equipment, Fiber, Fluids, and Fluorescent Lighting. 


The training packets consisted of a User’s Guide, PowerPoint employee presentations, and Excel spreadsheets to calculate environmental and cost savings from a waste reduction and recycling program.  Since a CD is also provided with the training materials, the information is completely customizable for your business’ needs. This training packet can assist your program by:


·        Listing the benefits and savings report in your employee and customer newsletter in order to get even more recognition for your program.

·        Adding value and worth to your program by connecting concrete environmental and cost savings to your waste reduction and recycling efforts.

·        Giving employees ownership and pride in their contribution to the program’s success

·        Setting goals for and adding commodities to your recycling program.


As a service to our members, WasteCap will provide a “Business Recycling 101: Train & Maintain” training packet to any interested member FREE OF CHARGE.  If you wish to request a copy, simply contact us at 472-0888 or [email protected].  If you are not currently a WasteCap member, but are still interested in the training materials, training packets are available to purchase for only $25 plus $5 shipping and handling. 



WasteCap and Latsch’s to host Buy Recycled Workshop 

WasteCap of Lincoln and Latsch’s are teaming up to present a workshop to address the purchase of recycled products and environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) as they apply to purchasing managers.  The workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 19th at the Scottish Rite Temple, 332 Centennial Mall South, in Lincoln from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.  There is no cost to attend however pre-registration is requested. 


The featured speakers are Carrie Hakenkamp, Director of WasteCap of Lincoln and John Costin, Vice-President of Sales at Latsch’s.  The two will be discussing a joint effort between WasteCap and Latsch’s to increase recycled-content and environmentally preferable purchasing.  The program has assisted WasteCap members in increasing their purchase of recycled content products at Latsch’s.  Hakenkamp and Costin will also outline the benefits of buying recycled products including EPA Recommendations and a list of Designated Products.  Other topics include:

·        Establishing a Buy-Recycled/EPP Program

·        Policies and Procedures

·        Setting Goals

·        Developing a Green Purchasing Program

·        Key Players

·        The Components of great Buy Recycled/EPP programs and policies


This workshop is a must for purchasing managers wanting to tighten up purchasing policies and implement corporate environmental principles into their company’s purchasing strategies.  Space is limited, so early registration is advised.  Contact Carrie Hakenkamp, director of WasteCap of Lincoln, for more information at 472-0888, 472-2246 fax or [email protected].  You can also visit the WasteCap website at http://www.wastecaplnk.org/ to view the training manual that will be utilized in the training.   



2nd Annual Training & Vendor Show Planned for November 4th

Due to the overwhelming positive response from WasteCap’s “Nebraska Recycling & Pollution Prevention Training & Vendor Show” last October, WasteCap of Lincoln will be hosting the 2nd Annual Training & Vendor Show on November 4th at The Cornhusker Hotel here in Lincoln.  This year’s event, which promises to be even “bigger and better,” will have two training tracks as well as over 30 vendors showcasing their environmental services.


The morning training session will teach attendees how to measure and track their waste.  Using the same detailed spreadsheets that WasteCap uses for its waste assessments, attendees will receive hands-on training on not only how to find and target specific waste streams, but also how to add environmental and cost savings benefits associated with each recycled commodity. 


A session discussing electronics recycling issues will be the afternoon training track for the event.  Included in the presentation will be confidentiality issues when donating equipment, minimum donation requirements for local charities, why it is necessary to recycle obsolete electronic equipment, as well as visual aids to explain the recycling process and end markets for electronics. 


If you are interested in receiving more information or becoming a vendor/sponsor of this upcoming event, please contact WasteCap at 472-0888 or [email protected].  Watch for more detailed information in the next few months!



Two WasteCap Members Recognized in Fortune Magazine

Two Lincoln businesses, and WasteCap of Lincoln members, continue to climb the prestigious Fortune Magazine’s “Top 100 Companies to Work For in America” list.  Duncan Aviation came in at number 25 this year, up from 30 last year.  Duncan, which although headquartered in Lincoln, has 40 sites throughout the United States, is known for its family atmosphere.  Their nearly 1,900 employees enjoy continuing education and training as well as a low turnover rate.  Fortune describes Duncan: “Photos of employees hang on the walls of this aircraft-maintenance outfit, and birthdays are announced over the PA. If a project requires working for days on end, employees get to take their families to dinner.”


Pfizer jumped up the list to number 21 from 57 in 2002.  Pfizer, a large pharmaceutical company headquartered in New York City, employees nearly 32,000 people within its 45 U.S. sites.  The employer is applauded for its employee diversity as 49% are women and 21% are minorities.  Fortune lists attributes of Pfizer: “Training on every level is available, from self-paced courses to study at Harvard and an on-site master's program. Tuition reimbursement with no cap. Job rotation encouraged.” 


Congratulations to Duncan Aviation and Pfizer for continuing to be recognized as strong employers.  WasteCap of Lincoln enjoys doing business with you and providing assistance for your waste reduction and recycling programs.  Keep up the good work!



Keep Nebraska Beautiful Wins National Soft Drink Association Award

Keep Nebraska Beautiful, friend and partner of WasteCap of Lincoln, recently received the National Soft Drink Association’s Litter Prevention First Place Award for their School Program.  Keep Nebraska Beautiful (KNB) describes their mission as “to empower Nebraskans to take greater responsibility for their community environment.”  KNB’s focus is three-fold: litter reduction and prevention, waste minimization and community involvement, and beautification.  The award, which was accompanied by a $2,000 cash award, was based on service to the community through the following initiatives:


  • Litter-Free School Zone Program: Encourages students to keep school grounds litter free.
  • Motorist Litter Awareness Day: Saturday, April 21, 2001.  Raised awareness of littering among motorists by distributing 35,000 car litter bags that had the Nebraska Litter Laws printed on the front.
  • Litter Summit: Co-hosted a litter Summit Conference in July 2001 attracting 125 people from 5 states.
  • “Litter-It’s Beneath Me”: A 30-second TV PSA focusing on cigarette-butt litter, which makes up 35% of Nebraska’s litter.
  • Great American Cleanup: Invited the mayors of every city in Nebraska to participate in a statewide cleanup that included 124 participating communities and 1,425 cleanup events.
  • Nebraska Used Oil Collection Program: Capture used oil from rural locations.


Congratulations to Keep Nebraska Beautiful for all their hard work!  To learn more about KNB’s hands-on activities and events, contact Jane Polson, Executive Director of Keep Nebraska Beautiful at (402) 486-4562 or [email protected].



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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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



Hybrid Vehicles Gaining Popularity

Sightings of hybrid cars are becoming more common as both the hybrid technology and sentiment for owning a more responsible vehicle increases.  Three models, one from Toyota and two from Honda, are currently available.  Pricing for the hybrids are very competitive – usually only a few thousand more than conventional autos.  About 150,000 have been sold worldwide and sales continue to climb as celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, and Ted Danson drive and promote hybrids like the Toyota Prius.

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Hydrogen Powered Vehicles Still 10 Years Away

During his State of the Union Address last month, President Bush proposed some radical changes to the automobile industry.  Bush’s $1.2 billion FreedomCAR (Cooperative Automotive Research) and Fuel Initiative is designed to lower our growing dependence on foreign oil and clean up emissions by developing hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology.  Over $720 million will be invested in the Initiative over the next five years in order to develop the technologies and infrastructure needed to produce, store, and distribute hydrogen for use in fuel cell vehicles and electricity generation for vehicles, homes, and businesses.  It is expected, however, that these revolutionary vehicles will not be available for at least another 10 years due to countless technological, economic, and political barriers.

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Decade of Research: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63512-2003Jan29.html

Initiative Outline: http://www.eere.energy.gov/hydrogenfuel/


Controversial TV Commercials: SUVs Aid Terrorists

Based on recent ad campaigns connecting drug money to terrorists, some new ads featuring SUVs and their connection to terrorism are creating quite a stir.  The commercials have already been rejected by at least three major TV stations, and have received criticism from groups ranging from the Arab American Institute to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.  The premise of the campaign is that, since SUVs have notoriously low gas mileage, they are increasing our dependency on foreign oil and aiding terrorism.

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Media Coverage: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/01/09/BU214316.DTL

See the Ads: http://www.thedetroitproject.com/

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            of the web page to download the free version of RealOne Player.


Closed Loop Recycling for Automobiles

Ford Motor Company and Alcan Inc. have joined forces to create the automotive industry’s first “closed-loop” recycling program for aluminum sheet scrap.  The aluminum will be recovered from Ford’s Chicago Stamping Plant and sent to Alcan for direct recycling into new autobody sheets.  The recycling program will provide significant economic and environmental benefits for both corporations.

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EPA Announces SmartWay Transport

SmartWay Transport, EPA’s newest voluntary pollution prevention initiative, was created in order to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from ground freight carriers such as trucks and locomotives.  By 2012 this initiative aims to reduce as much as 18 million metric tons of carbon equivalent, and up to 200,000 tons of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) annually. These reductions will create fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of oil annually.

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Lubrication Engineers’ Products Help Increase Fleet Performance

Lubrication Engineers, Inc. (LE) provides heavy-duty lubricants designed to reduce friction and wear on gear-boxes, compressors, refrigeration systems, pumps, hydraulic systems, and ball mills.  Friction reduction in engines correlate directly to improving fuel efficiency.  Whether your fleet consists of over-the-road trucks, off-road equipment, stop-and-go vehicles or smaller personal vehicles, LE lubricants can improve efficiency from 2% to 15% in all types of engines.

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