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GreenYes Digest Tue, 22 Apr 97 Volume 97 : Issue 87

Today's Topics:
Bullets or Seeds
CRRA Conference Deadline
Fwd: Chuck Irwin's reply
GRRN not GRN! (2 msgs)
Letter to the editor
U.S. CONGRESS: Reduce, Refuse, to Recycle

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Date: Mon, 21 Apr 1997 09:37:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: "David A. Kirkpatrick" <>
Subject: Bullets or Seeds

Bullets or Seeds

You can offer your ideas to others as bullets or seeds.
You can shoot them or sow them: Hit people in the head with them
or plant them in their hearts. Ideas used as bullets will kill
inspiration and neutralize motivation. Used as seeds, they take
root, grow, and become reality in the lives in which they are

The only risk in the seed approach: Once it grows and becomes a part
of those in whom it is planted you probably will get no credit for
originating the idea. But if you are willing to do without the credit...
you will reap a rich harvest.

Richard C. Halverson
Former Chaplain, US Senate


Date: Mon, 21 Apr 1997 11:32:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CRRA Conference Deadline


Today's the deadline for Early Registration rates for the 1997 California
Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) Conference, June 1-4, 1997 in Monterey.
The theme of this year's CRRA Conference is "Zero Waste: Challenge for the
Next Millenium."

If you haven't registered yet, today's the last day to get discounts to

For more information, call 408-655-3209 or email me at

Gary Liss
CRRA Executive Director


Date: Mon, 21 Apr 1997 15:29:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Fwd: Chuck Irwin's reply

Forwarded message:
Date: 97-04-21 01:55:01 EDT

Chuck Irwin write:

Regarding the call to boycott Coke...........I do not understand you people
blasting an American icon like Coke simply because they are high profile and
easy to castigate. Don't you realize they are only part of the soft drink
industry.....they have competitors....I'm sure that does not mean anything to
you.....they also have stockholders, including many retirement funds
[teachers, unions, State employees, etc . etc.] All you people are going to
accomplish is to bring more acrimony down upon yourselves and the
environmental movement as a whole. Why don't you get off it. Get a life and
do something usefull for a change!!!

I would like to remind Chuck that not everyone, and certainly not the
majority of of non-Americans, see either the USA or Coca Cola, as the
saviours of the world - indeed, more than sufficient proof exists
(documented scientific proof, not some emotional knee jerk response!) that
the consumer culture, as espoused by Americam companies, is the single
largest preventable threat to the world's environment - you are probably not
aware that the so-called First World countries, although making up only 25%
of the world population, are responsible for 80% of the resource consumption
and pollution planet wide - Coke remains the most visible and most detested
of these "wasters", and are the obvious high profile target. Here in South
Africa, people very high up in the Corporate Social Responsibility have
resigned in disgust at the practices andpolicies of Coke, so may I suggest
to Chuck Irwin: YOU get alife, and do some homework before you criticise
those who know exactly what they are doing, why they are doing it, and as
such, are some of the most valuable citizens of Planet Earth - whom I
respect, and salute as people who are concerned about the quality of life of
ordinary people like myself.

Mr. Muna Lakhani

Cellfax: 082-131-416-9160
28 Currie Road - Durban - 4001 - South Africa
Phone: +27-31-20-28-291


Date: Mon, 21 Apr 1997 14:08:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: GRRN not GRN!


Does that stand for the

GrassRoots Reuse, Recycle, Restore, Renew, Repair, Remodel,

Gary Liss


Date: Mon, 21 Apr 1997 16:16:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: GRRN not GRN!

While levity is crucial and the best work is done with joy, I think we
shouldn't use an acronym like GRIN, written or spoken, with the general media
-- too likely to provoke jokes and make reporters wonder if we truly mean
ZeroWaste to be taken seriously.

Susan Kinsella


Date: Tue, 22 Apr 1997 09:12:00 +0200
Subject: Letter to the editor

>Becky: Frankly, the health/environmental-risk aspect of manufacturing and
drinking out of plastic containers is being almost entirely ignored. This
issue was addressed in the book "Our Stolen Future." Plastic should be used
as a material of last resort.
>Lynn Landes

Please may I have more details on this; websites and other info gratefully

Kind Regards
Mr. Muna Lakhani

Cellfax: 082-131-416-9160
28 Currie Road - Durban - 4001 - South Africa
Phone: +27-31-20-28-291


Date: Mon, 21 Apr 97 23:00:05 PST
Subject: U.S. CONGRESS: Reduce, Refuse, to Recycle

REDUCE, REFUSE, to RECYCLE: Republican Revolution Trashes Recycling Program

We learned from the 104th Congress that the Republican leadership
sought to throw away some of America's environmental protection laws. What
we didn't know was that while they were trying to trash to Clean Water Act,
they also were scrapping the Congressional recycling program.

In 1992, the House initiated a recycling program for all Member
offices. But under the new Majority, the recycling program has not been
staffed for nearly two years. Apparently, without the staff and subsequent
shortfall of recycling equipment, recycling on the Hill has been left in
chaos. It is reported that even offices that try to recycle indicated that
their separated paper, cans and bottles often get tossed back into a common
trash bin and contaminated by other waste.

Under Republican leadership: aluminum can recycling has fallen 74%
(from 21,520 pounds in `94 to 5,650 pounds in `96); and glass bottle recycling
has fallen 83% (from 219,520 pounds in `94 to 36,300 pounds in `96).

Paper separation efforts are in disarray. A paper vendor recently
complained that congressional paper bales sent in for recycling are
contaminated with "plastic bottles, tin cans and glass along with plastic
luncheon meats and other garbage that is completely unacceptable".
Due to contamination of congressional waste paper, the House received
only *39 cents per ton* for its paper waste in 1996, according to the General
Services Administration. In contrast, the Energy Department receives *$42
per ton* and Housing and Urban Development receives *$60 per ton*.


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