WasteCap of Lincoln’s E-Newsletter

January 2004

It’s Resolution Time…. Don’t forget about your waste reduction and recycling program while you’re setting goals for 2004!  The January E-Newsletter focuses on finding new strategies to overcome barriers & improve waste reduction and recycling techniques – at work and at home! 

Christmas Tree Recycling: Still have that Christmas tree lurking in your house?  Click here to find out where to take it for recycling.

Waste Reduction at WasteCap…. In an effort to reduce office paper waste at your office and ours, WasteCap has moved to an electronic newsletter.  Please feel free to forward this newsletter to any interested parties, but refrain from printing it out in its entirety.  All past e-newsletters can be found on our website under the “Archives” tab.  Thank you! 

Check out our website at www.wastecaplnk.org for the latest events, publications, and new member listings for WasteCap of Lincoln.

What’s New for January 2004: 

¨      WasteCap’s New Member Profile

¨      Union Pacific Railroad

¨      WasteCap of Lincoln Receives Grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

¨      UNL’S Memorial Stadium Recycling Program Triumphs Despite Budget Cuts

¨      Request for Annual Volume Reports & WasteCap Evaluations

¨      Environmental Concerns in the 98th Legislature, Second Session

¨      Retrofit Recycling Pick-Up Dates

¨      Markets Corner

¨      Resolution: Hire an Intern to Help Expand Your Program

¨      Resolution: Motivate Your Employees to Increase Program Participation

¨      Resolution: “Clean House”

¨      Resolution: Increase Energy Efficiency, Decrease Energy Use

¨      Resolution: Buy Recycled Content Products

WasteCap’s New Member Profile

WasteCap of Lincoln is pleased to welcome the following business into our membership. 

Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Corporation is one of America’s leading transportation companies.  Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states and employing over 47,000 individuals.  The railroad has one of the most diversified commodity mixes in the industry, including chemicals, coal, food and food products, forest products, grain, metals and minerals, as well as automobiles and parts.

Union Pacific Railroad is committed to protecting the environment for their customers, employees, and the communities in which they operate.  Beyond compliance with laws and regulations, Union Pacific is committed to the development and use of new technologies to preserve the environment for future generations.  Union Pacific believes environmental protection is a primary management responsibility as well as the responsibility of every employee.

While implementing sound environmental practices within the railroad industry is imperative to the success of Union Pacific, it is also vital to encourage environmentally friendly techniques within the Union Pacific headquarters located in Omaha, Nebraska, which employs over 3,300 individuals.  Currently, the headquarters recycles rechargeable batteries, paper, aluminum cans, printer cartridges, and computers.  However, as the completion of the new Union Pacific headquarters nears, so does the need to increase and encourage a waste minimization program.

The new building has been constructed with energy-saving heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and will be equipped with green-tip bulbs throughout.  Hopefully, via waste minimization techniques, Union Pacific will be able to recycle used printer cartridges building-wide, plastic bottles, cardboard containers, office furniture, computers, and also implement environmentally friendly practices in the cafeteria.  There are numerous ways for a corporation to develop their environmental consciousness, and waste minimization is a great place to start.  For more information about Union Pacific Railroad please visit www.up.com.

WasteCap of Lincoln Receives Grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

WasteCap of Lincoln was awarded a $59,595 grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s (NDEQ) Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program.  Altogether the state received 62 applications requesting more than $1.9 million for litter reduction and recycling projects.  A total of $1.2 million was awarded to 55 projects throughout Nebraska. 

The grant program provides funds to Nebraska projects in three areas: public education, cleanup and recycling.  The funds awarded to WasteCap through recycling funds will be used to continue their efforts to educate businesses about the money-saving opportunities in recycling and waste reduction.  WasteCap will use the funds to continue expanding their on-site technical assistance and recycling service management to business communities across the state. 

 “In 2003, WasteCap of Lincoln assisted Lincoln businesses in diverting an estimated 15,000 tons of materials from local landfills,” said Carrie Hakenkamp, Director of WasteCap of Lincoln. “This also translated into a savings of over $250,000 in landfill tipping fees for those businesses.” 

In addition to various local activities, WasteCap is currently assisting Grand Island area businesses with electronic and fluorescent lighting waste recycling.

“The grant funded projects provide innovative ways to promote litter reduction, waste reduction and recycling and will help conserve Nebraska’s natural resources for future generations,” said Mike Linder, Director of NDEQ.

WasteCap of Lincoln is a program of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce that assists businesses statewide with waste reduction and recycling programs through a business-to-business peer exchange. 

UNL’s Memorial Stadium Recycling Program Triumphs Despite Budget Cuts

The Husker coaching staff weren’t the only people feeling the crunch during the 2003 football season.  The highly successful and nationally recognized recycling program at Memorial Stadium was almost scrapped due to the University’s budget cut woes.  With only days before the first kickoff, the program was put back on-line with only minimal operational changes.

The Memorial Stadium recycling program not only survived through the football season, but also improved overall collection numbers, due to increased awareness and volunteer assistance.  In 2003 alone, over 34,000 pounds of plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and cardboard were recycled, leading to a 49% recycling rate - the highest recycling rate the program has ever seen!

It is important to recognize the expansive network of volunteers and other organizations that help make this program possible since recyclables are collected a little differently at the Stadium than at any other building on campus.  First, Ecology Now volunteers and Boy Scouts collect stray plastic bottles and cardboard boxes during the game.  At approximately 5:00 AM on Sunday morning, ROTC members glean the Stadium seats of all their trash using canvas bags.  This trash is then placed into a Jay Carter Refuse truck bound for Midland Recycling.  Upon arriving at Midland Recycling, the trash is put onto the sorting line where Ecology Now and other volunteers pull out aluminum, cardboard, and plastic bottles.  The little remaining trash is disposed of, while the recyclables are sent to their respective markets.  Revenue generated is used to pay for the use of equipment and also to fund Ecology Now’s Earth Day Celebration every April.  A special thank you to all the volunteers, organizations, and businesses that helped UNL keep this great program going – it would not have been possible without your help!

Memorial Stadium’s recycling program has received national attention on several occasions.  It has been seen as a trendsetter and a pro-environmental stadium with its aggressive collection process for recycling and recycled content purchasing (FieldTurf and recycled content stadium seating).  It has been featured in the advertising of Resource Recycling and will be highlighted in the upcoming case study guidebook published by NAPCOR (National Association for PET Container Resources).  The collection process for the recycling program has been studied and implemented by Florida State University, Iowa State University, the NASCAR Race Circuit, and has also been presented at national recycling conferences.

The Stadium has also received recognition for its innovate use of FieldTurf, the synthetic turf composed of recycled rubber from old tires and Nike shoes and “grass” made from recycled pop bottles.  After UNL’s Memorial Stadium served as an example by being one of the first stadiums to use the new material, FieldTurf has now become widely popular and has been installed in more than 550 sports surfaces in 25 nations in the last three years.  The most recent additions to the recycled turf bandwagon include the Lincoln Public Schools District, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, and the Giants, Jets and MetroStars of Giants Stadium.  Installed at Memorial Stadium over five years ago, FieldTurf has helped to not only increased awareness of recycled products, but it has also helped prevent athlete injuries and reduce turf maintenance costs.  

For more information about UNL’s Memorial Stadium Recycling Program contact Butch Hug, Assistant Athletic Director, via e-mail at [email protected] or phone at 472-1950.

Request for Annual Volume Reports & WasteCap Evaluations

All WasteCap of Lincoln members should have already received the “Volume Report Release Form,” “2003 Member Recycling Volume Report,” and “2003 WasteCap Evaluation” last week in the mail.  Please complete and return the surveys by Friday, January 30th as they are important in evaluating the effectiveness of the memoranda utilized by WasteCap members and measuring the amounts of material diverted from the landfill each year.   The compiled annual recycling volume will allow us to compare recycling efforts to past years, and gauge the recycling progress of the WasteCap members as a whole.  Below is a brief description for each of the forms:

Volume Report Release Form

We need to have an updated record of all release forms for services provided between January and December 2003, as some service providers require them prior to releasing recycling volumes. 

2003 Member Recycling Volume Report

We ask that our members complete the volume report so that we have a more adequate description of your business’ complete recycling program (including some commonly missed items such as pallets, toner cartridges, miscellaneous items, refuse generation/totals, and recycled content purchasing efforts).

2003 WasteCap Evaluation

This quick, four-question survey allows you to provide feedback to WasteCap concerning the services provided to your business.  We are planning to add a breakfast/luncheon series to our schedule and would greatly appreciate our members’ input. 

We would like to have all volume reports and surveys returned by Friday, January 30th in order to compile the necessary information for the 2003 Annual Report.  Please contact our office at (402) 436-2383 or [email protected] with any questions.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Environmental Concerns in the 98th Legislature, Second Session

Last week, I attended a Nebraska Industrial Coalition on Environment (NICE) meeting where one of our members, Koley Jessen Law Firm, provided us with a memo regarding 2003-2004 Legislative Bills.  There are several bills introduced this year and carried over from last year that relate to safety, environmental and natural resource issues.  There were 45 such legislative bills, of which, I have chosen a few to highlight here.  Please take the time to look over these issues as many may pertain to your company.  If you feel so compelled, please contact our local state senators or members of the natural resources committee.  For additional information, please feel free to contact me as I have information on the additional legislative bills and how to testify at a legislative hearing. 

- Carrie Hakenkamp, Director, WasteCap of Lincoln, [email protected], (402) 436-2384 

New Legislative Bills introduced in 2004

LB 822 (Don Preister) http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/pdf/INTRO_LB822.pdf

Would change Environmental Quality Council Standards and classification duties.  Adds a definition of environmental justice and requires that environmental justice be considered in EQC decision-making.

“Environmental justice means the pursuit of equal justice and equal protection for all people under environmental statutes and regulations and ensuring that environmental communities are not exposed to unjustly high and environmental impacts; and…”

·        Referred to Natural Resources Committee 1/8/04

·        Hearing Set for 1/29/04

·        No Statement of Intent available at this time

·        The general feeling is that “The EQC already has laws in place that protect ALL Nebraskans and there is no specific need to require special consideration for one social demographic.”

LB 832 (Schrock) - http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/pdf/INTRO_LB832.pdf

Would change powers, duties, and priorities under the Nebraska Environmental Trust Act

·        Referred to Natural Resources Committee 1/8/04

·        Hearing Set for 1/21/04


LB 878 (Baker) - http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/pdf/INTRO_LB878.pdf

Would adopt updated federal safety and hazardous materials regulation for motor carriers

·        Referred to Transportation and Telecommunication Committee 1/8/04

·        Hearing set for 1/20/04

Statement of Intent: http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/PDF/StatementOfIntent_LB878.pdf

The bill adopts the federal motor carrier safety regulations in effect on January 4, 2004 and the federal hazardous material regulations in effect on January 1, 2004.

Legislative Bills carried over from 2003

LB 26 (Preister) - http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/pdf/INTRO_LB26.pdf

Would change provisions relating to membership representation and classification duties of the Environmental Quality Council. 

Statement of Intent - http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/PDF/StatementOfIntent_LB26.pdf

The legislation would remove some business and industry (regulated entities) from representation on the EQC.  Would also add provisions for Environmental Justice. 

LB 301 (Preister) - http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/pdf/INTRO_LB301.pdf

Would adopt the Electronic Equipment Recycling Act

Amendments - http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/Amendment/AM_669.pdf

Would create a $5 up-front fee for all CRTs sold in the state of Nebraska.  The money would be used to create a program and fund for distribution of grants for electronics recycling collection events. 

  • Placed on General File – Com AM669 3/5/03
  • Speaker Priority Bill 3/17/03

Our general concern is that $5 per CRT is not enough money to cover the costs of processing the electronic equipment.  The original bill called for a landfill ban of all CRTs in the State of Nebraska.  The ban was stricken from the amendment.

Statement of Intent: The purpose of the bill is to establish a statewide electronic equipment recycling system to encourage the development of electronic equipment recycling businesses, increase public awareness about electronic equipment recycling, decrease the amount of electronic equipment that is disposed of in landfills.

LB 449 (Schrock) - http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/pdf/INTRO_LB449.pdf

Would change the air pollution fees.  The fees could be imposed as high as $3,000 per permit. 

Amendment - http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/Amendment/AM_2218.pdf

Statement of Intent: The purpose of LB 449 is to impose an application fee for a construction permit for any facility that is an air contaminant source. This fee is to be based on the potential to emit.

LB 624 (Pam Brown) http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/pdf/INTRO_LB624.pdf

Would establish requirements relating to free disposal of general household solid waste.

·        Introduced 1/21/03

·        Referred to Natural Resources Committee on 1/23/03

Statement of Intent - http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/PDF/StatementOfIntent_LB624.pdf

LB 624 would exempt non-profit businesses that operate thrift stores from paying landfill fees.

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 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

Resolution: Hire an Intern to Help Expand Your Program

If you have a desire to expand your program, but have limited staff time and/or resources to complete the project on your own, consider hiring an intern.  College-level interns are a relatively inexpensive way to bring in new, creative ideas into your waste reduction and recycling program

Now is the time to start searching for your intern as the Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) Summer Intern Program is already gearing up for the summer of 2004.  This summer they will be placing as many as 20 bright energetic engineering and science students in Nebraska businesses to assist with pollution prevention, environmental management systems and other environmental projects. 

For as little as $2,500, your business can be provided with a full time intern for 10 weeks (part time arrangements are also available).  By participating in the Program and having an engineering or science student work with you, your business will receive valuable assistance to help improve efficiencies, save money, reduce pollution and waste, and reduce regulatory burden.  Your organization is exactly what the P3 Intern Program is looking for to provide a valuable learning experience to the students as well.

Contact Stacey Hawkey, P3 Program Coordinator at [email protected] or 402.472.2838 for more information. You may also visit their website (www.ianr.unl.edu/p3/) to view and/or fill out intern registration forms.

Resolution: Motivate Your Employees to Increase Program Participation

A successful waste reduction and recycling program is directly related to the energy put forth by your employees.  Look to the following resources to assist you in motivating your employees and making (or keeping) your program a priority. 

Motivating Employees to Change Old Habits – California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB)

The CIWMB highlights time, patience, and persistence as the key elements to getting your employees on board with the waste reduction and recycling program.  In addition to explaining fundamental ideas that should be included with your program, such as creative images, motivating messages, communication styles, employee involvement, and incentives, the fact sheet provides clip art and posters for use with your program.  To see the fact sheet in its entirety, visit: http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/bizwaste/factsheets/Motivate.htm 

Fostering Sustainable Behaviors: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing – Written by Doug McKenzie-Mohr & William Smith

This book and its related tools were developed for people who design waste reduction and recycling programs at all levels in the community.  It is a simple, hands-on approach to provide managers with the tools to create and sustain effective programs.  While the material is somewhat specific to community-wide initiatives, the information can easily be catered to any level – including individual businesses and organizations.  Fostering Sustainable Behaviors (FSB) and related workshops focus on the 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.

One of the book’s authors, Dr. McKenzie-Mohr, has assembled a website (www.cbsm.com) with an online guide illustrating how to use community-based social marketing to design and evaluate programs to foster sustainable behavior; searchable databases of articles, downloadable reports, graphics, and case studies on fostering sustainable behavior; and a discussion forum for sharing information and asking questions of others. 

A workshop may be coming to our area soon – WasteCap of Lincoln will keep you posted on any upcoming events related to this issue.  Contact WasteCap at 436.2383 or [email protected] if you or anyone else at your facility may be interested in attending a FSB workshop. 

“Fish! Philosophy” for Employee Motivation

Used by everyone from McDonald’s to Sprint, Hewlett Packard to the world-famous Pike’s Place Fish Market in Seattle, Washington, the Fish! Philosophy has been viewed as a great way to motivate your employees – not just for the waste reduction and recycling program, but for their job too!  Here are the components of the Fish! Philosophy:

  • “Play" and make work fun
  • Serve customers in a way that "makes their day"
  • “Be there" for customers by acknowledging them, being attentive, focused and listening to what they are saying
  • “Choose your attitude"

If you would like more information on the Fish! Philosophy, such as case studies, a full explanation of the components, and contact information, visit https://www.charthouse.com/charthouse/media.asp

Resolution: “Clean House”

If you’re tired of the boxes looming over you when entering your garage, or if you’ve got a warehouse full of surplus at your business, your new year’s resolution may very well be to “clean house.” There are several options available to rid yourself of the clutter in your home and/or business.

First, I bet that almost everyone has an old computer somewhere in their home or business.  Now is the time to put it to good use before it is too old to donate.  If your computer is a Pentium 2 or higher (less than 5 or 6 years old) in good condition, consider donating your computer to Lincoln Action Program (LAP).  LAP repairs and cleans gently-used computer equipment and redistributes them to low-income families.  You can still choose to take your old electronic equipment to LAP even it is not up to the donation specifications.  However, if your monitor is broken, there may be a fee involved due to the lead component in monitors.  Un-usable equipment will be dismantled for parts and recycled.  Contact Jack Herrell at 471-4515 or stop by their location at 210 “O” Street for more information.  If you have any questions regarding electronics recycling, proper disposal of electronic equipment, or would like to have a listing of computer recyclers in your area, please contact WasteCap at 436.2383 or [email protected].

As for the full warehouse problem that many businesses are facing, we Nebraskans are fortunate to have two great material exchanges within the state.  For nearly all business-related items, you can visit http://www.knb.org/exchange.html to find someone who may be interested in your materials.  For some specific office-related materials, such as office paper, 3-ring binders, pocket folders, bookshelves, and file cabinets, businesses can contact the Lincoln Public Schools’ “Crayons to Computers” program at 402.436.1948. 

In the growing information age, garage sales and consignment shops aren’t the only places you can go to get a good deal on used stuff.  For home and business alike, you may want to consider the Internet to help turn your “trash into treasure.” Millions of people frequent on-line auctions like eBay (www.ebay.com) and world-wide exchange programs like Freecycle (www.freecycle.org), making them an increasingly popular method to un-clutter your personal space.

Resolution: Increase Energy Efficiency, Decrease Energy Use 

When researching your energy consumption at home and at work, remember to utilize the resources at your local utilities, such as Lincoln Electric System and Aquila.  Representatives are ready and willing to provide you with tips on energy efficiency and energy use for both your home and business. Contact Jay Stoa at Lincoln Electric System at 473-3281 or [email protected] to schedule a free, on-site visit.  LES also offers an online self audit at www.les.com to determine your energy profile and money-saving tips for your residential or commercial account.  For information on your business’ natural gas consumption, contact Mike Barry of Aquila at 437-1774 or [email protected].

With energy prices on the rise this winter, the sale of energy efficient goods are expected to increase as well.  Home Depot, who just put together a catalog highlighting efficient products, reports stocking up on these products as they anticipate the winter rush.  It is estimated that if every American homeowner installed the efficient bulbs in their five most used lighting fixtures, the U.S. would conserve 800 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity – equivalent to shutting down 21 power plants – and would cut emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases by a trillion pounds.  For the complete story on increased energy efficient goods sales, visit: http://www.gristmagazine.com/forward.pl?forward_id=1769

Resolution: Buy Recycled Content Products 

It is now easier than ever to purchase recycled-content products, thanks to Office Depot’s The Green Book.  Office Depot recently launched the industry’s first catalog consisting solely of more than 1,000 environmentally preferable products.  The book itself also has its green elements: it is printed on elemental chlorine free, 100 percent post-consumer waste recycled content paper.  For the complete story on Office Depot’s green products catalog, visit:


Businesses aren’t the only ones who have been getting more attention lately on the buy recycled front – a trend in green purchases for homes was also seen this past holiday season.  A study conducted by New Hope natural Media in Boulder, Colorado reported that demand for home products made from recycled or organic materials grew by 66% in 2001 and continues to rise.  The EcoPlanet Corporation (www.ecoplanet.com) has everything green a home owner needs from bedding suppliers to lawn furniture, energy efficient appliances to non-toxic toys. Large retailers are also paying close attention to this “green” purchasing trend: L.L. Bean, for example, now offers chairs made from recycled plastic jugs, and Petsmart sells dog beds fashioned from clear plastic bottles.  Visit www.greengiftguide.com to see extensive lists of all types of recycled goods (website produced by the California Department of Conservation).  For the complete story on eco-friendly home products sales, visit: http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031213/NEWS/312130425/1178