WasteCap of Lincoln’s E-Newsletter

March 2004

Fun Facts Galore!!  From German drinking habits to diaperless babies, pollution-absorbing paint to ants and traffic congestion, this month’s e-newsletter has interesting tidbits for everyone!  

Fostering Sustainable Behavior Workshop:  WasteCap will be hosting the highly motivational Fostering Sustainable Behavior workshop on May 13th at Mahoney State Park in Ashland, Nebraska.  Read the article in this month’s e-newsletter to see how you can benefit from attending!

Start Collecting Your Aluminum Cans!!  Next month’s e-newsletter will have a promotion for “Cans For Books,” a special month-long event within the Lincoln Public School District.  Watch for more information to see how you can get involved!

Our E-Mail Addresses have Changed!! Effectively immediately, WasteCap’s new e-mails are as listed below – Please update your records to reflect this change!

                   Carrie Hakenkamp: [email protected]

                   Erin Novak: [email protected]

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 March 2004:


¨      WasteCap’s New Member Profile

¨       The Coffee House

¨      WasteCap Staff & Advisory Committee to Complete 75 Member Outreach Visits 

¨      Fifth Annual “Clean Your Files Week” to be held April 19th – 23rd

¨      WasteCap to Host Fostering Sustainable Behavior Workshop at Mahoney State Park on May 13th

¨      Plans Underway for Mobile Environmental Education Center

¨      Retrofit Recycling Pick-Up Dates

¨      Markets Corner

¨      New Paint Absorbs City’s Air Pollution

¨      Diaperless Babies Latest Trend in Eco-Friendly Parenting

¨      German Beer-Drinking Down, while Container Reuse on the Rise

¨      Ants Avoid Traffic Congestion Better Than Humans


WasteCap’s New Member Profile

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

The Coffee House

The Coffee House, located at 1324 P Street, has been serving Lincoln’s best brew since 1987. We are locally owned and operated and employ 15 of the neatest people in Lincoln. We offer everything including coffee, tea, and a very wide selection of non coffee drinks as well. Sandwiches, salads, soups, pastries and desserts are also available to accompany your favorite brew. We also ship coffee and tea all over the US and Canada through our website at www.borntobewired.com.

We are always taking steps to be environmentally conscious and ecologically friendly despite the cost concerns. We buy coffee from villages that only grow organically and are certified fair trade so not only the customer gets a better cup, but the family that grew the beans gets a better price for their efforts. We have extended this practice to some of our ingredients and other products as well, mainly Fair Trade and organic cocoa and chocolate bars.

The Coffee House has done many creative things to recycle in the past, from saving cans for the homeless to storing and donating used coffee grounds for local farmers and gardeners, but thanks to our staff ( John Seward in particular) and the efforts of WasteCap of Lincoln, we are now able to work towards reducing the bulk of our waste and helping our customers to be more aware of our refillable mug discounts and discounted price for drinking their coffee in a mug at the shop rather than taking it out in a disposable cup.

We recently opened a second location at 1010 Lincoln Mall inside of Landmark Center, and were pleased to find out that the building we are in participates with WasteCap as well.

We are pleased to be a member of WasteCap of Lincoln and look forward to doing our part to reduce and reuse as much of our waste as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Shriner at [email protected] or 477-6611. Stop in for some atmosphere and a great cup between 5:30 and midnight daily!


WasteCap Staff & Advisory Committee to Complete 75 Member Outreach Visits

It’s that time of the year again!  Rather than wait until we schedule our annual outreach meetings to discuss the annual report and your individual volume and contractual cost savings reports, we at WasteCap decided it was more important to send out our annual reports now so as not to make you wait one more day for this exciting information!  2003 was a great year with WasteCap members recycling 17,254 tons of commodities, leading to a landfill disposal cost savings of over $282,000!

This year, WasteCap of Lincoln’s Advisory Committee Members will be assisting staff in completing the 2003 outreach visits.  Representatives will be contacting you shortly to schedule a ½ hour meeting to discuss your waste reduction/ recycling program and learn how WasteCap can serve you, our members.  The committee members were asked to help in order to encourage and sustain the peer-to-peer business network on which WasteCap was founded.  All information discussed during the visit will be held in the strictest of confidence.  If you have any questions concerning this brief informational meeting, please contact Erin at 436-2383 or [email protected].

New to this year’s services is a Return on Investment Report.  This sheet, which is included with the mailing, shows a personalized record of all events attended as well as services and publications received by our members during 2003.  WasteCap, in continuing to provide high quality publications, events, and services, has provided you with this report to help you ascertain the dollar value of your investment with WasteCap of Lincoln.  Those who were members all year and took advantage of the great services offered will see the greatest benefit!

Thanks to all our members for another great year – we are looking forward to 2004!


Fifth Annual “Clean Your Files Week” to be held April 19th – 23rd

If your file cabinet is bulging or you have boxes and boxes of old files, “Clean Your Files Week” is for you.  April 19 through April 23 is the fifth annual “Clean Your Files Week” in Lincoln.

“Clean Your Files Week” is an activity supporting Earth Day 2004 that offers office workers the opportunity to empty file drawers and fill recycling bins. Office workers can purge their workplace of a wide variety of materials in files including computer paper, letterhead, white and colored ledger paper, phone books, cards, and envelopes. 

In the first four years of “Clean Your Files Week”, businesses, government, office buildings and educational institutions have recycled over 130,000 pounds of paper.

“Clean Your Files Week” offers an opportunity for businesses to support Earth Day within their organizations, increase awareness about recycling and help to conserve valuable resources by recycling more office paper.  Individuals with home businesses are also encouraged to participate.  They can deposit their old files in the residential mixed paper recycling container at recycling drop-off sites located throughout the city.

“Clean Your Files Week” is organized by Recycling at Work, a campaign of the National Office Paper Recycling Project, a public-private partnership managed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, with the help of Clean Your Files national sponsors.  Local sponsors include City of Lincoln, Midland Recycling, Lincoln Public Schools, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and WasteCap of Lincoln.  By encouraging employees to purge old files, the event hopes to increase recovery of office paper and teach people how to recycle at work every day.

To learn more about “Clean Your Files Week”, call Kristi at the City of Lincoln Recycling Office at 441-8215.  To participate in “Clean Your Files Week,” contact Erin at 436-2383 or [email protected].


WasteCap to Host Fostering Sustainable Behavior Workshop at Mahoney State Park on May 13th  

WasteCap of Lincoln is hosting the “Fostering Sustainable Behavior Workshop,” on Thursday, May 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Mahoney State Park in Ashland, NE.  This revolutionary and highly motivational one-day training focuses on how to generate long-lasting behavior change as well as creating highly visible and effective environment-focused programs.  General concepts can also be related to any field where programs are implemented.  The training, in addition to identifying barriers to behavior change and the tools needed for effective behavior change strategies, provides businesses, groups, organizations, and government with the tools need to implement cost-effective and successful programs that will produce behavior and lifestyle changes. 

Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr, author of Fostering Sustainable Behavior, will guide attendees through the principals of his technique entitled community-based social marketing (CBSM).  This technique is an attractive compliment to regulatory and information intensive campaigns.  In contrast to conventional approaches, CSBM has been shown to be very effective in bringing about behavior change due to its practical approach.  From this training, attendees will learn how to:

  • Identify the barriers to desired behaviors
  • Use behavior change “tools” to design more effective programs
  • Pilot test a program to ensure positive results
  • Evaluate the impact of a program once it has been implemented

The cost of the training session is $99 per person, including validated parking, continental breakfast, lunch, and a copy of the book entitled Fostering Sustainable Behavior.  WasteCap of Lincoln members will receive training discounts and should contact the WasteCap office for their rate.  For more information, call WasteCap of Lincoln at (402) 436-2383 or visit their website at www.wastecaplnk.org


Plans Underway for Mobile Environmental Education Center

In June 2003, Midland Recycling, in partnership with WasteCap of Lincoln received grant funding from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to construct a Mobile Environmental Education Center.  Since the grant award, there have been several committee meetings to develop the message and materials for the Center.  The Center is still in developmental phases and is targeting a completion time of Fall 2004.  The planning team is gearing up for fundraising to complement the grant received from NDEQ to complete the Center.  The following is an excerpt from marketing materials developed for the center.

The Mobile Environmental Education Center will be designed to educate Nebraska residents about the importance of environmental stewardship.  Education is a key component to successful environmental stewardship programs and is the strongest tool to help create the behavioral and social changes necessary to improve and protect our environment. 

Recycling and “Buy Recycled” information will help to improve local programs, increase recycling volumes, create jobs, and improve economic activity within the recycling sector.  The Center will also incorporate solid waste management and pollution prevention techniques for homes and businesses.  

This mobile center is the first of its kind in Nebraska and will use state of the art technology to convey its message to the public.  Exhibits will include such media as interactive displays, hands-on activities, and touch-screen environments, as well as audio and video displays.

The mobile center will initially travel to a region of 38 counties in Southeast Nebraska.  These counties represent over 77% of the State’s population.  In the first year, the mobile center will be displayed at a minimum of 20 events.  There is great potential to reach 60,000 to 75,000 visitors each year.

Targeted Events Include

·        State and County Fairs

·        Earth Day Celebrations

·        Groundwater Festival

·        P2 Week Celebrations

·        Earth Wellness Festival

·        America Recycles Day Celebrations

·        4-H Events

·        Public Schools

·        Home and Garden Shows

·        Collection and Cleanup Events

·        Environmental Health and Safety Conference

·        Local Civic Events

·        Tourism Events

·        Vendors Shows

·        Service Group Functions

Once factor that will be used to determine the success of the project is the number of visitors to the Mobile Center and the number of events that the Mobile Center is requested to attend.  Attendees of the Mobile Center will be asked to complete a short evaluation rating their educational experience.  Theses factors will likely be the best tools for measuring the success of the Mobile Center.

Partners for the Mobile Environmental Education Center include

  • Midland Recycling
  • WasteCap of Lincoln
  • Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
  • Artisan Creed
  • Green Builders
  • Educators
  • Local Utilities
  • Water Conservation
  • City & State Recycling
  • Solid Waste Management Teams
  • Health Departments
  • Natural Resource Districts
  • Cooperative Extensions

For more information on this project or to get involved in the planning process, please contact Carrie Hakenkamp, Director of WasteCap, at 436-2384 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 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


New Paint Absorbs City’s Air Pollution

A new paint, touted to absorb the most noxious gases from cars, will be released onto the European market this month.  “Ecopaint” can absorb and neutralize nitrogen oxides, the gases largely responsible for smog pollution and respiratory problems.  The paint contains nanoparticles of titanium dioxide and calcium carbonate which, together with energy from ultraviolet radiation, can break down the nasty nitrogen oxides into harmless calcium nitrate, water, and carbon dioxide.  It is expected that the paint can be bombarded with the nitrogen oxides for five years in heavily polluted cities before becoming discolored.

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Diaperless Babies Latest Trend in Eco-Friendly Parenting  

Did you know that each baby uses about 5,000 diapers before graduating potty-training school – that’s approximately 1 ton of disposable diaper waste! In total, the United States disposes of over 4 million tons of non-degradable diapers in the landfills every year.  To curb the trend of mountains of diapers, many parents are using either compostable diapers or no diapers at all.  Sweden recently unveiled the Nature Boy & Girl diapers – a plastic-free, nearly completely biodegradable cornstarch-based diaper.  While these diapers go a lot further than their non-environmentally friendly plastic counterparts, many parents were still concerned with the single-use waste – so they decided to go Diaper Free.  Through a process called “elimination communication,” parents are able to watch and understand the baby’s body language, which arguably enhances parental communication and connectedness to the infant, decreases the need for single-use diapers, and expedites the potty-training process later on (one couple had their daughter potty-trained at 15 months!). 

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German Beer-Drinking Down, while Container Reuse on the Rise

Beer consumption continued to drop for the fourth year in a row in Germany.  Both an aging population that drinks less and a new government deposit on cans are blamed for the 2.1% decrease in production at the nation’s 1,280 breweries.  The 25-cent deposit for single use containers was introduced in January 2003 in order to promote recycling.  As a result, the throwaway cans have nearly been eliminated as more than 80% of German’s 5,000 brands of beer are now sold in reusable glass and plastic bottles.  Even with the recent decrease in production, Germany is still the 3rd largest beer consumer on a per capita basis, behind the Czech Republic and Ireland. 

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Ants Avoid Traffic Congestion Better Than Humans  

Recent research shows that, when given the choice, ants will choose a less congested route if necessary, to get their goodies back home.  While ants preferred to take a certain route marked with scent clues, if traffic was too heavy, they would select an alternative path back to the nest.  While humans also despise gridlock, it seems like we may need a little nudge in the right direction.  Last year, London implemented a traffic tariff, which charges motorists for entering high-traffic areas during certain times throughout the day.  The pay zone, which has been in place since February 2003, has decreased traffic by 18%, reduced delays by 30%, and lowered air pollution levels in an unspecified amount.  Two other major cities, Chicago and Milan, are looking into implementing similar pay zones. 

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