WasteCap of Lincoln’s E-Newsletter

June 2004


Cool down with some water… Get the scoop on current water issues. 


All things must come to a…  The most recent changes in WasteCap Staff.  Let’s give a big farewell to Erin Novak and a warm welcome to Tonya Bernadt.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS...for the first ever Lunch & Learn!!  WasteCap will be hosting an educational luncheon session on JULY 27 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the University of Nebraska  Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County Office.  The subject…Universal Waste Regulations.


Environmentally Preferable Copy Paper Price Survey.  The Center for a New American Dream decided to get to the bottom of conflicting paper pricing information with a nationwide, web-based survey. Please visit their website and complete the online copy paper survey.


It’s time for another Electronics Collection… WasteCap will be hosting another electronics collection in Lincoln this August.  Stay connected for details. 


Lincoln Action Program Talk & Tour Results.  L.A.P.’s Talk & Tour, on Tuesday, June 15th was attended by 17 people.  Their waste reduction and recycling programs and community involvement were highlighted in the event.


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 June 2004:


¨      WasteCap’s New Member Profile 

¨      S&D Metals

¨      Greetings from WasteCap’s newest staff

¨      WasteCap to host Lunch & Learn at Cooperative Extension Office

¨      Environmentally Preferable Copy Paper Price Survey

¨      Lincoln Electronics Collection in August

¨      WasteCap’s fourth Talk & Tour at Lincoln Action Program Results

¨      Retrofit Recycling Pick-Up Dates

¨      Markets Corner

¨      Going Swimming?  Do You Know Where?

¨      “Wanted! Seas and Oceans - Dead or Alive?”  World Environment Day 2004

¨      Bottled Water, To Drink or Not to Drink



WasteCap’s New Member Profile

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


S&D Metals

S&D Metals is located in Columbus, Nebraska.  Their recycling business was started in 1983 by a Columbus couple.  The Homan’s purchased it from them in 1999, and have been striving to expand our recycling capabilities ever since then.  S&D is a “mom and pop” operation that offers “drive thru” facilities that enable our customers to recycle without even getting out of their vehicles.  This is a big plus especially for their elderly and handicapped customers and also people from outlying communities that come to Columbus to shop, go to a doctor or whatever brings them there.


S&D Metals handles aluminum cans, all nonferrous metals, and stainless steel.  With the addition of some much needed equipment, they intend on adding plastics and other recyclables to their venue to make S&D a one stop, user friendly, recycling facility.


For more information contact Steve Homan @ (402) 563-2214



Greetings from WasteCap’s Newest Staff

Hello everyone.  My name is Tonya Bernadt and I am the Technical Assistance Coordinator for WasteCap.  I previously worked in the Environmental Health and Safety Department at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL) for three and a half years as the Waste Minimization Coordinator.  My main responsibilities at UNL were to work with departments to reduce their hazardous chemicals, conduct waste assessments, assist departments in researching feasible waste reduction options, and train faculty and staff about the importance of waste reduction.  My educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and I will be receiving a Master of Science in Leadership Education this December.  I have been active in WasteCap’s events over the last several years and am excited to start a new venture as I strongly believe in what WasteCap stands for.   I look forward to working with and getting to know all of you.  Please give me a call at 436-2383 or email me at [email protected] if you need any assistance or just want to introduce yourself. 



WasteCap to Host Lunch & Learn July 27th

WasteCap of Lincoln, in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, is hosting a Lunch & Learn at the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  A Lunch & Learn is a one and a half hour educational and networking opportunity to get up to date information on business related environmental news, while enjoying good food.


The purpose of the upcoming Lunch & Learn is to discuss the soon-to-be published changes to Universal Waste Regulations in the state of Nebraska.  On June 4th, the Environmental Quality Council met and approved a petition to add electronic items and mercury-containing items to the list of Universal Wastes. The change increases the ease of handling and managing hazardous waste materials for businesses of all sizes and types.  


The presenter of this Lunch and Learn is Jim Harford, RCRA Compliance Assistance Coordinator with NDEQ.   Mr. Harford will discuss the upcoming changes in Universal Waste Regulations and how the changes can affect businesses.  The changes include electronic items and mercury-containing items that currently only include thermostats.  The new regulations can affect current and future electronic items that are or could be considered hazardous waste and will expand the definition of mercury-containing items to include all wastes that contain elemental mercury.  This discussion will give Nebraska businesses the opportunity to plan for upcoming changes. 


The cost of the Lunch & Learn, including a catered lunch is $15 per person for non-members and $10 for WasteCap members.  Early registration is advised, as space is limited.  For additional information or to register to attend, please contact Sara Brockmeier, WasteCap of Lincoln’s Special Projects coordinator, at 436-2354, 436-2360 fax, [email protected] e-mail or visit the WasteCap website at www.wastecaplnk.org



Environmentally Preferable Copy Paper Price Survey

Large numbers of organizations are routinely buying environmentally preferable copy paper. Some
purchasers tell us they are not paying any extra for copy paper containing high post-consumer recycled-content, tree-free fibers, zero old growth forest fiber, and chlorine-derivative free bleaching; others claim suppliers are charging significantly more.

The Center for a New American Dream decided to get to the bottom of this conflicting pricing information with a nationwide, web-based survey. Please visit and complete the online copy paper survey at www.newdream.org/procure/products/papersurvey.html

The Deadline: June 30.

 You’ll need to know the price you’re paying per case of copy paper, where you’re buying it, and basic information available on the wrapper from a ream of copy paper.

 After they have collected and analyzed the data, they will share the results with survey participants so you can use the information to negotiate better copy paper prices for more environmentally preferable paper.  The more people who complete the survey, the more useful the information will be to everyone.  Any questions may be directed to; Scot Case, Director of Procurement Strategies, Center for a New American Dream 505 Penn Street, Suite 306 Reading, PA 19601, (610) 373-7703, [email protected], www.newdream.org/procure



WasteCap’s 10th Electronics Collection in August

WasteCap of Lincoln will be hosting its tenth electronics collection in August 2004.  Lincoln businesses will once again have the opportunity to clean out their closets of old unused computers and electrical equipment.  Official date and time have not yet been determined.  Stay connected to find out when and where this great event will take place!



WasteCap’s Talk & Tour at Lincoln Action Program


WasteCap of Lincoln, with funding from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, hosted a Talk & Tour at Lincoln Action Program on Tuesday, June 15, 2004.


This Talk & Tour, which is the fourth such event funded by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, showcased Lincoln Action Program’s efforts to reduce and recycle our community’s waste.  Lincoln Action Program incorporates waste reduction into its efforts to increase the quality of life and economic self-sufficiency of local low-income families. 


Through a tour and presentation, employees highlighted various aspects of the waste reduction and recycling program, including the collection and transfer processes, community contribution and involvement, recycling education and translation services, volumes, cost savings, and the recent award recognition received for the multiple programs of Lincoln Action Program.


Attendees showed extreme interest in the computer recycling and refurbishing program of LAP, which has now given out 400 computers systems this year.  Other favorite topics of this Talk and Tour were the food bank, the community involvement, and the rich diversity of the Lincoln Action Program as a whole.



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.



24th & 25th



8th & 9th

29th & 30th


Markets Corner



























Reminder that WasteCap 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



Going Swimming? Do You Know Where?

It’s probably a good idea to do a little research before you plan your summer vacation.  Not only are several local lakes being closed for dangerous algae populations, more and more beaches are closing or posting warnings.  Some researches say that it is not an increase in pollution that is the cause of these beach closings. They say the increase is due to better testing and reporting. Regardless of the cause, the number of closings and warnings has soared in the past few years. Development and pollution of animal and human wastes are the main causes of beach and lake closings.  However, there is some good news.  Many beaches are cleaner than they were a decade or two ago.  This is the result of clean up efforts and improved treatment plants.  More and more water bodies are being monitored and tested due to the public concern. The best idea would be to check out the rating on the water that you and your loved ones plan to cool off in this summer. For more information go to:









 Wanted! Seas and Oceans - Dead or Alive?  World Environment Day. 

On June 5, 2004 Barcelona hosted the United Nation’s World Environment Day.  World Environment Day (WED), which takes place every year on June 5th, is an event sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme that promotes environmental awareness, political attention, and action.  This year’s World Environment Day’s theme was “Wanted!  Seas and Oceans – Dead or Alive?”  World Environment Day is celebrated in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, North America and West Asia.  The day is celebrated many ways, including street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essay and poster competitions in schools, tree planting, recycling efforts, and clean-up campaigns.  San Francisco will be hosting this international event for 2005.  To learn more about this years WED, or WED’s in general visit: 









Bottled Water – To Drink or Not to Drink

Bottled water has a reputation of being safer, cleaner, and healthier – but is it?  Consumers have been questioning the purity of bottled water versus the safety of their own tap water.  The consumption of bottled water has soared from 5.7 liters in the late 70’s to 35 liters per person in 1999.  Along with the increasing consumption of bottled water, is the increasing plastic waste of bottles.  The World Wildlife Fund estimated that 1.5 million tons of plastic is manufactured for water bottles each year.  Is there really a need to bottle up all that water, or is our tap water just as safe?  If you’re interested in this issue check out the following links.


To learn about water in your area see:


To see a report on bottled water go to:



To answer questions about bottled water go to:


To find a guide on tap filters go to: