WasteCap of Lincoln’s E-Newsletter

July 2003

Hope You’re Hungry!  July’s E-Newsletter is all about food – the latest trends and technology for you to chew on…

Upcoming Talk & Tour News:  Plans are underway for a Talk & Tour at Lazlo’s on Monday, September 22nd.   More details to follow soon!

Mark Your Calendars…. WasteCap of Lincoln has several upcoming events – check out this month’s e-newsletter for specifics or visit our website at www.wastecaplnk.org.

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 July 2003:


¨      WasteCap’s New Member Profile

¨      Jones Barrel Company

¨      Midland Recycling Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Shredding Technology & Mobile Environmental Education Trailer Grant

¨      Pfizer Talk & Tour Set for July 30th

¨      Lincoln Business Computer Collection to be held at State Fair Park on August 8th

¨      EPA Releases 2001 TRI (Toxic Release Inventory) Data

¨      Retrofit Recycling Pick-Up Dates

¨      Markets Corner

¨      Scientists Develop Allergy-Free Peanut

¨      Starbucks Gives Grounds to Gardeners

¨      Experts have Beef with McDonald’s Beef

¨      New “Corntainers” Available for Grocery Shopping

¨      Environmentally-Friendly Potatoes & Partnerships

¨      Food & Books on the Mind


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.

Jones Barrel Company

Jones Barrel Company is a barrel reconditioning plant located in Omaha, serving Nebraska as well as the surrounding states.  They are committed to their customer’s needs, which may include purchasing drums, reconditioning drums, providing drums for sale, and drum disposal.  Jones Barrel believes that any aspect of drum usage should include responsible drum management, from the beginning to the end of the drum cycle.

As a drum reconditioner, their objectives are to recondition empty containers for reuse, or to prepare an empty container for recycling.  Steel drums are crushed for recycling, plastic drums are grinded to a 1/8” size for recycling.

Rulings established by OSHA, DOT, and EPA govern the handling of empty containers.  The most important aspect of working with customers is to ensure they receive the maximum benefit from their empty containers, ensure environmental compliance, and to limit their liabilities.

Midland Recycling Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Shredding Technology & Mobile Environmental Education Trailer Grant 

A dual-purpose ribbon cutting was held at Midland Recycling on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 from 3 pm to 4 pm at their facility at 440 “J” Street (click here for event photos).  Local dignitaries, the NDEQ and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce were on-hand for the unveiling of the mobile environmental education trailer and ribbon cutting for Midland’s new confidential document destruction technology, enabling clients to view their document destruction via web-cast.  A completed Mobile Education Center from Iowa was also available for attendees to see first-hand the concept of the project. 

The webcast shredding technology at Midland Recycling is reportedly the first of its kind in the nation.  Representatives from banks, hospitals, and other businesses will be able to visit a website, enter a password and watch their documents shredded at predetermined times.  This replaces the old method where, if representatives desired to witness the destruction of confidential papers, they needed to come to the facility and watch in person.

Representatives from NDEQ were on hand to present Midland Recycling with a $111,157 check to purchase, build and design the proposed Mobile Environmental Education Center.  The two-year project will convert a 53-foot semi trailer into an interactive environmental classroom for people of ages.  At its completion, the Center will include over 20 still and interactive informational displays including electronic kiosks and training video displays.  The display panels will include such information as recycling, soil and water conservation, energy efficiency, green building design, composting, pollution prevention and an array of other topics.  The trailer, which will be completed by Labor Day 2004, is estimated to reach some 40,000 people and distribute 80,000 pieces of education materials each year as it tours the state.

To read the Lincoln Journal Star coverage of the event, click here.  For more information, please contact WasteCap of Lincoln Director, Carrie Hakenkamp at (402) 436-2384 or [email protected].   

Pfizer Talk & Tour Set for July 30th  

WasteCap of Lincoln, with funding from Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, is hosting a Talk & Tour at Pfizer Inc on Wednesday, July 30th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  A complimentary lunch, courtesy of Pfizer Inc, will be served following the tour and presentation.

The second of two grant-funded Talk & Tours, this event will focus on the waste reduction and recycling efforts at Pfizer Inc, globally known for their pharmaceutical and recycling efforts. The half-day event gives special attention to the newly remodeled cafeteria, which relies almost entirely on reusable dishes, removing Styrofoam and paper wrapping from the waste stream. Through a tour and presentation, Pfizer's employee recycling committee will highlight various aspects of the recycling program, including the benefits associated with an active employee recycling committee and how to put a concrete value on your recycling program with environmental and cost savings tracking. All businesses are welcome to network and learn from each other how to implement and maintain a successful commercial recycling program.

A new change to the Talk & Tour is the payment of all enrollment fees by Pfizer.  The host has graciously offered to pay all fees in order to remove the financial limiting factor for those wishing to attend the event.  Due to the overwhelming positive response and interest in this Talk & Tour, we ask that businesses limit their number of representatives to two or fewer per business.  We hope to see you all there – contact us at
[email protected] or 436-2383 to reserve your seat!

Lincoln Business Computer Collection to be held at State Fair Park on August 8th

To assist businesses in clearing out some of their old computer equipment, WasteCap of Lincoln, with funding from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) will be hosting an electronics collection event for local businesses.  The collection will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8, 2003 at State Fair Park.  Each business participant will be able to drop off one computer system (CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers) at no charge.  Additional equipment will be charged at a reduced service fee of $8.00 per monitor and $0.30 per pound for other peripheral equipment and electronics.  WasteCap Members will receive additional discounts on this cost ($6.00 per monitor, $0.25 per pound).  All electronics used in an office setting (faxes, printers, copiers, phones, etc.) can be brought to the collection event.  Televisions will also be accepted but will carry additional fees.  Please remove all confidential information by using a “wipe drive” program or reformatting the hard drive prior to bringing computers to the collection.

The equipment will be collected and sent to CP Recovery, an Omaha-based electronics recycling company, for processing.  Each participant will receive a “What should I do with my old computer and electronic equipment?” informational sheet listing information about electronics recycling, local service providers and other options available for used computer and electronic equipment.  Please contact WasteCap of Lincoln at 436-2384, [email protected] or visit their website at http://www.wastecaplnk.org/ for more information.

EPA Releases 2001 TRI (Toxic Release Inventory) Data

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency posted its 2001 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) State Fact Sheets Report on June 30th.  The report tracks the amount of toxic chemicals released into the environment for facilities operating during the 2001 calendar year.  According to the report, the total amount of chemicals released in 2001 decreased by 15.5 percent or 1.05 billion pounds when compared to reporting year 2000.  In terms of the amount of TRI chemicals released out of the 50 states, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska (all of US EPA Region 7) all ranked in the 30’s.  Missouri, also of US EPA Region 7, ranked #16 on the list.

To aid the public in understanding the newly released data, EPA has developed various documents that concisely summarize the 2001 TRI data.  These documents include an executive summary, state fact sheets, press materials, a compilation of questions and answers, and a Public Data Release Report Archive that compares 2001 TRI data to TRI data collected during previous reporting years.  For more information regarding the 2001TRI Public Data Release, please contact EPA's RCRA, Superfund, & EPCRA Call Center at (800) 424-9346 or visit the TRI website at www.epa.gov/tri/tridata/tri01/index.htm

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

Scientists Develop Allergy-Free Peanut

With 1.5 million Americans having allergic reactions to the popular legumes, peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies.  Peanuts have specific proteins that act as powerful allergens, resulting in thousands flocking to the emergency room each year after accidentally ingesting the nuts.  Scientists at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service recently isolated a peanut variety lacking one of the major peanut allergens.  If their current search turns up another allergen free variety, researchers can crossbreed them to produce a safer, hypoallergenic nut.

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Starbucks Gives Grounds to Gardeners

Starbuck’s, the national coffee shop giant, recently introduced its new “Grounds for Your Garden” program for local gardeners.  The coffee grounds, which are high in nitrogen and somewhat acidic, can provide a valuable source of nutrition for gardens if used properly.  Using the grounds is helpful because they look like dirt, break down quickly, and attract worms that help amend and aerate the soil.  Click here to find the Starbucks nearest you.  In addition to great coffee, Starbucks is known for their positive environmental contributions.

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Experts have Beef with McDonald’s Beef

Last month, McDonald’s Corporation announced plans to require its suppliers worldwide to phase out animal growth promotion antibiotics used in human medicine.  Recent studies estimate that more than 70% of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are fed to healthy farm animals.  Experts with the American Medical Association, along with 275 other groups, have called for an end to the routine use of medically important antibiotics in healthy food animals since humans consuming that meat may develop resistance to the antibiotics.

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New “Corntainers” Available for Grocery Shopping

This month, the Pacific Northwest’s Wild Oats Markets became the first food store chain to use environmentally friendly packaging made of corn instead of the usual petroleum base.  Store employees have been dishing up all deli products in the new containers for about three weeks now.  Once the consumers are finished with the containers, they can return the container to the store, where it will be sent to a recycling company in Oregon, composted and returned for sale at the grocery store.  Consumer reaction has reportedly been great and the chain plans to implement the use of the “corntainers” at all of their 77 stores nationwide by the fall.

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Environmentally-Friendly Potatoes & Partnerships

The Eco-Potato Partnership, a collaborative effort of the WWF, Wisconsin potato growers, and university researchers, was the recipient of the Department of Agriculture’s Secretary’s Honor Award for “maintaining and enhancing the nation’s natural resources and environment.”  The six-year partnership resulted in the accelerated adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) systems and reduced reliance on toxic pesticides.  Also developed were a measurement system and methodology on which the standards of a new ecolabel entitled “Protected Harvest” are based.  Wisconsin potatoes are the first to be certified under the Protected Harvest label, and are marketed under the brand name “Healthy Grown.”

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Food & Books on the Mind

For those of you bookworms out there, there are several great books to read on the subject of food – and they aren’t cookbooks!  Starting with the 1906 classic by Upton Sinclair, The Jungle intended to show the difficult life of immigrants employed with the Chicago meatpacking industry, but resulted in the passage of several laws for food standards.  More recently, Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser has garnered much attention after exposing some little known facts about the global fast food industry.  Visit the website below for reviews and lists of books pertaining to the food industry and its impact on the environment.

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