WasteCap of Lincoln’s Recycling E-Newsletter

January 2003

Happy New Year from WasteCap Staff!  Haven’t made your New Year’s resolutions for your business yet?  WasteCap can help!  This month’s E-newsletter focuses on some things you can do to help make your business recycling program more efficient.

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 WasteCap’s 2003 Calendar of Events along with all our recent publications and press releases. 

What’s New for January 2003: 

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¨      WasteCap’s New Member Summary

¨      WasteCap Receives Funding from NDEQ

¨      “Business Recycling 101: Train & Maintain” Planned for February 12th

¨      Upcoming Events for WasteCap of Lincoln

¨      Request for Annual Volume Reports & WasteCap Evaluation

¨      Retrofit Recycling Pick-Up Dates

¨      Markets Corner

¨      Research Assistance:  Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) Intern Program

¨      Recycled Content Purchasing

¨      Toner Cartridge Recycling Options

¨      How to Stop Unwanted Junk Mail


WasteCap’s New Member Summary

With the establishment of a new, three-tired membership structure to better serve our members, 2002 proved to be an exciting year for WasteCap of Lincoln.  Opening our membership to service providers and vendor recruitment for the P2 Training & Vendor Show helped boost our membership numbers last 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!

WasteCap of Lincoln Receives Funding from NDEQ 

WasteCap of Lincoln received grant funding of nearly $49,000 from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s (NDEQ) Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program.  Altogether, the state received 50 eligible applications requesting more than $1.6 million for recycling and litter reduction projects.  Over $1.2 million was awarded for 46 projects throughout Nebraska. 

The funds awarded to WasteCap of Lincoln will be used for a minimum of three training sessions and two talk and tours.  The training sessions will focus on waste reduction and recycling issues including buy recycled, electronics, and measuring and tracking waste reduction potential.  Because last year’s “Nebraska Recycling & Pollution Prevention Training & Vendor Show” received positive feedback and had a high level of participation, a second vendor show may also be planned for this upcoming year.

Due to the high success of the initial Talk & Tour at the University of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium last year, WasteCap of Lincoln asked for funding to host additional similar events.  These activities will assist businesses in learning innovative strategies for waste reduction, recycling and pollution prevention.  Each tour host will explain the processes used to reduce waste and strategies that the company has implemented for successful diversion and recycling.  This information will assist other businesses in developing programs of their own, thereby reducing waste and saving money.

The grant award also allows for WasteCap of Lincoln to begin statewide expansion.  WasteCap of Lincoln will begin working with service providers to create agreements for businesses outside the Lincoln area.  Initially, one pilot city will be chosen to test the applicability of the WasteCap model in other communities.  WasteCap of Lincoln intends to partner with several other environmental service organizations in order to make this huge undertaking a success.

WasteCap of Lincoln, a partnership of the City of Lincoln and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, assists area businesses in developing waste reduction, recycling and pollution prevention programs.  Last year, WasteCap’s member businesses saved nearly $300,000 in landfill and recycling fees by participating in the programs offered.  For more information on how you business can benefit from WasteCap of Lincoln, contact Carrie Hakenkamp, director at (402) 472-0888 or visit their website at www.wastecaplnk.org.

“Business Recycling 101: Train & Maintain” Planned for February 12th

WasteCap of Lincoln is hosting  “Business Recycling 101:  Train & Maintain” highlighting basic techniques for business recycling programs.  Sponsors for the event include The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ), Midland Recycling, and the Lancaster County Extension Office.  The training session is planned for Wednesday, February 12, 2003 from 8:30 a.m. till 12 Noon at the Lancaster County Extension Office in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

This event will assist local businesses to not only begin a successful waste reduction and recycling program, but also to maintain their program that is already in place.  The training course materials include a CD complete with commodity-specific recycling information as well as customizable Power Point presentations that can be catered to meet the needs of your individual business.  With spreadsheets complete with calculated formulas, these presentations will not only keep your employees informed of your business’ current recycling efforts but also help lay out specific goals in the future for added commodities and/or improved diversion rates.  The topics, shown below, highlight some of the most important and easily diverted wastes at local businesses. 

Learn about how to recycle and divert waste from the following areas:

·        Computers & Electronic Equipment

·        Fiber Products

·        Fluids

·        Fluorescent Tubes & Lighting Waste

The cost of the training session is $39 per person for non-members and $25 per person for WasteCap of Lincoln members.  The training fee includes a continental breakfast and learning packet complete with a customizable interactive CD and training manual.  For more information, call WasteCap of Lincoln at (402) 472-0888 or visit their website at www.wastecaplnk.org

Upcoming Events for WasteCap of Lincoln – Mark Your Calendars!

The following is a list of the events and trainings scheduled by WasteCap thus far for the 2003 calendar.  Mark down the dates now into your calendar – we’ll be sending more information and formal invitations soon!  Click here to see a full list of our 2003 events.

“Business Recycling 101” – 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.  Those attending the training will receive a packet containing a customizable interactive CD and a training manual.  Topics will include how and why businesses should recycle electronics, fiber, fluids (oil, solvents, etc.), and fluorescent light tubes. 

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.

Request for Annual Volume Reports & WasteCap Evaluation

All WasteCap of Lincoln members should have already received the “2002 Annual Volume Report” and “2002 WasteCap/INFORM Evaluation” last week in the mail.  New to the volume report is the request for total refuse volume estimation.  This information is extremely important in determining you business’ specific recycling rate as well as for benchmarking future programs at your business.

Please take a few moments to complete these surveys.  Your responses are used to evaluate the effectiveness of the memoranda utilized by INFORM members, and to measure the amounts of material that are diverted from the landfill each year.   By combining amounts reported by all other members for each material, a total annual volume will be compiled.  This total will allow us to compare recycling efforts to past years, and gauge the recycling progress of the WasteCap members as a whole. 

We would like to have all volume reports and surveys returned by January 31st in order to compile the necessary information for the 2002 Annual Report.  Thank you for your cooperation!

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.


 29th & 30th 


10th & 11th

24th & 25th

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


Research Assistance: Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) Intern Program    

The Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) Program has been providing summer technical assistance to businesses since 1997.  The program places undergraduate student interns in industrial facilities to help companies identify, evaluate, and implement pollution prevention projects.  Up to seven P3 interns will be assigned to companies during the summer of 2003.

This unique program, sponsored by the Nebraska Dept. of Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region VII, and UNL’s Cooperative Extension Division and College of Engineering & Technology, helps give Nebraska businesses fresh perspectives and new ideas in P2 methods.  Through the ten-week program, businesses can expect to receive short-term expertise in P2 that may improve efficiency, save money, reduce pollution and waste, and/or reduce regulatory compliance burden.

Between 1997 and 2001, the P3 Intern Program assisted 246 businesses, showed a potential cost savings of $2.9 million, and diverted 21.5 million pounds of solid waste annually.  Visit their website to learn more about Potential Cost Savings & Waste Reduction Impacts from the Program.

In order to be eligible to receive an intern, businesses must be located in Nebraska, committed to reducing or eliminating pollution and waste through pollution prevention methods, willing to pay a portion of the cost of the intern (typically around $2,000), committed to providing day-to-day supervision of the intern, and able to provide a desk, phone, computer, and internet access.

If you would like more information about or are interested in participating in the Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) Intern Program, visit their website or contact Bruce Dvorak directly.

Recycled Content Purchasing  

Before you order that next box of copy paper, think about what type of company you are supporting.  Recently, several of the large office supply companies have been accused of not being as environmentally friendly as they could be.  As a result of the pressure of the media and concerned customers, these same companies have been “greening-up” their supplies.

Late last year, Staples made the decision to phase out products made with wood from endangered forests.  In addition to that long-awaited change, the 1,400 stores nationwide have tripled the recycled content in paper (from 10% to 30%).  Visit their website to learn more about their new, more environmentally conscious policies.

Office Depot, the only office supply company larger than Staples, made an announcement earlier this month concerning its recycled content purchasing policies.  In addition to offering 1,700 recycled products and requiring suppliers to certify that no logging took place in old-growth forests, Office Depot has now hired a consulting firm to aid its largest customers with their recycled content procurement.  You can read more about Office Depot’s environmental policies by viewing their Code of Ethics

Latsch's Inc. has been serving the office product needs of businesses in Lincoln, NE and the surrounding area for over 85 years. They are known for their high quality products, competitive prices, and excellent customer service.  Latsch’s makes every attempt to stock products with recycled content.  An added bonus is the agreement with Latsch’s, which provides recycled content purchasing tracking free of charge to WasteCap members.  Visit their website to learn more about their products and free delivery service.

Toner Cartridge Recycling Options

Every business uses them, but do we ever think what happens to them once they’re empty?  If your business does not already recycle “empties”, adding toner cartridges to your recycling program is incredibly simple.  The following organizations will help you recycle toner cartridges free of charge.

The Optimist Club in Lincoln provides pick-up service at your business as often as needed.  They use the money generated from recycling the toner cartridges to fund youth projects in Lincoln.  Contact Earl Visser at (402) 466-8421 for more information.

ECCO Recycles, out of Kent, Washington, will provide your business with all the materials necessary for collecting and sending your empty inkjet and laser cartridges.  Your business can either be paid directly for the empties (view their buyback list), or the revenue generated can be donated to a charity or school of your choice. 

Three local businesses not only offer a collection service for used toner cartridges, but also sell high quality remanufactured toner cartridges.  For more information, contact Bob Cottrell at Full Circle Image, Steve Breinig at Media Recovery (484-8200), and Mike Decker at Latsch’s.

How to Stop Unwanted Junk Mail

It is a never-ending battle to get rid of all that junk mail that piles up in you mailbox.  Everyone has the same problem, but how do you stop it?  Check out this website for some common sense ideas for before and after you have received the “pile.”