GreenYes Digest V96 #58

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GreenYes Digest Tue, 24 Dec 96 Volume 96 : Issue 58

Today's Topics:
Corporate Reform
Fwd: (Fwd) Lack of waste in Germany...
Fwd: Spotlight on Waste
Holiday and Solstice Gift & Blessing
Looking for a law review article on AB 939
PETE -Reply

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Date: Mon, 23 Dec 1996 09:00:49 -0800 (PST)
From: Tedd Ward <ncol0043@TELIS.ORG>
Subject: Corporate Reform

I believe until major reforms are made in the treatment of corporate
charters such as changing the court interpretations that 1) corporations are
people and 2) money is speech, corporations are destined to bring more harm
than they could do good. Those corporations which get too far ahead of the
rest of corporate culture accumulate capital (human, resource, etc.) which
can be liquidated, and that potential for liquidation is often enough to
financially justify a hostile levereaged buyout. The corporate structure can
do nothing but pursue money ultimately, and everything else is expendable.
I recommend Korten's book "When Corporations Rule the World" highly.

Happy holidays. Tedd.


Date: Mon, 23 Dec 1996 18:25:42 -0500
Subject: Fwd: (Fwd) Lack of waste in Germany...

Forwarded message:
Resent-from: (BOBBI TOUSEY)
Date: 96-12-17 11:00:00 EST

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Date: Tue, 17 Dec 1996 04:26:35 +0100 (MET)
From: Pawel Gluszynski <>
Subject: Lack of waste in Germany...

Scaned from: Newsweek, October 28, 1996; pg. 17

Garbage Gap Alert
There's not enough trash to go round
By Scott Sullivan

Germany is suffering a garbage shortage. After decades of shrill
predictions that their lavish consumer society would be buried under
a pile of refuse, the Germans are now importing trash from as far
away as Brazil. Expensive incinerators lie idle for lack of waste
to burn. Ambitious landfill projects have been put on hold. German
cities have passed laws requiring industries to have their scrap
processed locally. National statistics demonstrate staggering
declines in all categories of garbage. In the first three years
of the 1990s, waste from all sources decreased by 16 percent -
to 252 million tons. Household trash, which amounted to 43.3
million tons in 1990, is down to half that figure.

An ecologist's dream has turned into a minor economic nightmare.
Since the early 1980s, incessant campaigns have urged Germans
to reduce, divide and recycle their trash. At the same time,
industries have developed elaborate schemes to convert Dreck
into fertilizer and plastic, and to retrieve paper, glass and
metal from the trash heap. Environment-friendly furnaces have
sprung up to burn otherwise unusable rubbish and use the heat
to generate electricity. The result: a boom in demand for both
industrial and household waste, combined with a radical shrinkage
of supply and a spiraling increase in the cost of garbage.

Other environmentally correct European nations face similar problems.
But Germany's garbage gap appears to be the continent's worst.
The "refuse crisis" became a national issue recently when the
city of Dusseldorf ordered a local paper factory to stop shipping
its waste to a Belgian cement company (which paid $162 a ton for it);
instead, the firm was told to send it to the city waste-disposal
plant (at a cost of $324 a ton). The paper plant obtained a temporary
injunction stalling the city's high-handed action. And the Belgian
cement company has petitioned the European Union to ban this and
similar acts of "garbage protectionism" as obvious violations of
the EU's single-market rules. (Ah... those European lawyers.)

However that case is settled, serious problems will remain.
Germany's garbage phobia of the 1980s induced local governments
to build lavish waste-disposal plants that are now costing taxpayers
a fortune to keep open. A medium-size city like Augsburg, for example,
spent $520 million on a state-of the-art furnace that is now a ruinous
white elephant. Nationwide, taxes to finance and pay the fixed costs
generated by such facilities have increased by 84 percent. Landfill
companies, faced with the prospect of ever-dwindling trash supplies.
Predict it will take up to 150 years to complete their current projects.
There is "complete chaos on the garbage market," says Barbel Hohn,
the environment minister for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The minister's warning may turn out to be a slight exaggeration -
but trust the rule abiding German public has proved that it is
indeed possible to have too little of a bad thing.



Date: Mon, 23 Dec 1996 18:25:33 -0500
Subject: Fwd: Spotlight on Waste

Forwarded message:
From: (Save Waste & Prosper)
Date: 96-12-17 05:10:18 EST

Save Waste & Prosper is organising 'Spotlight on Waste', a major
European Conference in 1998 on how waste and, in particular, recycling issues

are portrayed in the media. The conference will focus on how to use
the media to communicate recycling and sustainable waste management
issues to mass audiences.

Through a combination of presentation, viewings of television and film
advertising, workshops and task-based activities the conference will
help develop ideas for commissioning and executing effective national
and local multi-media campaigns to increase public and industry
awarencess and participation in schemes.

We are particularly interested in hearing about any recycling and
waste minimisation campaigns which have used television, radio,
press, direct marketing, community work, targeting particular audiences etc.
Media campaigns from abroad will add an international dimension to
the event and give it real depth.

If anyone has any good ideas, case studies, examples etc. we would
love to hear from you. Please contact us as soon as possible.

Gareth Morton

Save Waste & Prosper Ltd
An independent company promoting sustainable waste management
74 Kirkgate, Leeds LS2 7DJ, UK
Tel +44 113 243 8777
Fax +44 113 234 4222


Date: Mon, 23 Dec 1996 11:57:16 -0700
From: (Carolyn Chase)
Subject: Holiday and Solstice Gift & Blessing

Please accept the following with my love and best wishes
for creating the world we all want to live in. - Carolyn

1. Read [or listen to the tape] "The Story of B." by Daniel Quinn, Bantam Books
Read this right away...and let me know what you think.

2. For beautiful and life-giving music - Purchase the soundtrack for
"Riverdance" by Bill Whelan, Celtic Heartbeat, available at KBPS Store of
Knowledge in Horton Plaza (when they have them) or check other sound

B Attitudes

Blessed are those who refrain from exalting themselves
above their neighbors in the community of life, for their children shall
have a world to live in.

Blessed are those who listen to their neighbors in the
community of life, for they shall escape extinction.

Blessed are those who refrain from imposing on others
their "one right way to live," for cultural diversity shall be restored
among them.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for the survival
of Leaver cultures, for they shall preserve a legacy of wisdom accumulated
from the beginning of time.

Blessed are those who do not fancy themselves rulers or
managers or stewards of the earth, for the earth managed to thrive for
three billion years without any of us.

Blessed are those who do whatever they can wherever they
are, for no one is devoid of resources or opportunities.

Blessed are those who awaken others as they have been
awakened, for they are B.

love, cdc


Date: Mon, 23 Dec 1996 09:25:55 CDT
From: "John Reindl 608-267-8815" <>
Subject: Looking for a law review article on AB 939

Myra and List members -

I'd be interested in this article too.

John Reindl

> Date: 22 Dec 96 19:30:10 EST
> From: Myra Nissen <76275.1032@CompuServe.COM>
> To: GreenYes Mailing List and Newsgroup <greenyes@UCSD.EDU>
> Subject: Looking for a law review article on AB 939

> I am looking for a law review article on The Integrated Waste Management
Act of
> 1989 (AB 939). I was wondering if someone could help me locate one.
> Thank you in advance.
> Myra Nissen
> 510-873-8777


Date: Mon, 23 Dec 1996 11:35:09 -0600
From: George Dreckmann <>
Subject: PETE -Reply

You asked if I had contacted NAPCOR. I have had conversations with
NAPCOR. What they are doing at this time is offering to help communities
that can't move PETE find a market. They have also put together bookelts
on sources of recycled products so folks can buy recycled.

Finally, NAPCOR as offered to serve on a state task force in Wisconsin
should we set on up.

This is all well and good, but NAPCOR is stuck trying to clean up after its
members, just as we recyclers are. NAPCOR cannot raise the price of
PETE nor can it exp[and markets by getting is members to use recycled
content in soft drink bottles.

I think it was Woody Getz who offered an earlier message that asked
how many plastic limber products can we buy. That is a good questions,
because at this point most of our plastic markets and all PETE markets
are not closed loop. Unless we get closed loop markets we'll never get
out of the current cycle where we lose markets whenever the big
chemical companies want to dump resin.

Let me repeat, don't buy PETE.



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