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GreenYes Digest Sat, 22 Mar 97 Volume 97 : Issue 62

Today's Topics:
Jobs Available in SF
Landfill overflow causes- nonrecyclable plastic & junk mail
Quote without Comment on Producer Responsibility (2 steps forward, 200 back)
Re[2]: Invitation from Tachi Kiuchi, Ceo Mitsubishi Electric (2 msgs)

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Date: 21 Mar 97 10:18:00 CST
From: Sarah Smith <>
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Please add me to your email mailings. Thank you.


Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 13:32:17 -0800
From: (David Assmann)
Subject: Jobs Available in SF

>1) Internship with the San Francisco Recycling Program
>Public Outreach Assistant
>Duration: April 1997 to September 1997, with possible extension
>Position: 40 hours per week
>Minimum Qualifications: Valid California Driver's License.
>Desirable Qualifications:
>Four year college or university degree, preferably in an environmental
>field. Knowledge of recycling or composting principles. Experience in
>community organizing or public outreach. Computer skills. Bilingual in
>Cantonese or Spanish.
>Minimum Abilities/Skills
>Ability to work independently and in a team environment. Excellent
>writing, researching and speaking skills. Flexibility to work evenings and
>weekends for special events.
>Salary: $13 per hour. Deadline Apply Immediately
>All Recycling Program Internships are offered through the Environmental
>Careers Organization. Please call ECO at (415) 362-5552 for more
>Minority, women and disabled candidates are encouraged to apply
>An Equal Opportunity Employer
>2) Solid Waste Administration and Development Manager, Solid Waste
>Management Program, Office of the City Administrator (Special Assistant
>RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the general supervision of the Solid Waste
>Program Director, assists with planning activities, rate setting matters
>and interaction between the City regulated garbage companies and the Solid
>Waste Management Program. Performs program design, prepares reports and
>plans required by local, state and federal legislation, writes and manages
>consultant contracts, and conducts meetings with community groups,
>government officials, etc. Responsible for overseeing management of all
>fiscal and administrative matters including budget preparation and
>monitoring. Generally provides assistance required by the Program Manager
>in the execution of his/her duties.
>MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Four year college or university degree, with
>major work in planning, environmental sciences, public administration or
>related fields.
> Five years of progressively responsible experience in solid waste,
>hazardous waste, waste water or other public policy areas dealing with
>complex and sensitive environmental regulation issues, or administrative
>and supervisory experience. (Possession of a Masters or Doctorate
>degree in Planning, Environmental Sciences, Public Administration,
>Business Administration or related fields may be substituted for 1 to 2
>years of experience, respectively).
>DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:Knowledge of California Solid Waste Management
>legislation and practices. Experience with local and state government
>legislative and administrative processes.
>KNOWLEDGE, Ability to design and manage complex public policy
>planning efforts.
>SKILLS: Ability to manage consultant contracts within budget and
>time limitations.
> Ability to prepare and monitor large public sector budgets.
> Excellent report and letter writing skills.
> Ability to prepare and/or interpret legislative proposals.
> Ability to work well with a wide variety of individuals,
>including community
>activists, garbage company representatives, state and City regulatory
>personnel and local legislators.
> Excellent public speaking skills.
> Understanding of and familiarity with regulatory policy issues.
>SALARY: 1370 Special Assistant XI-Salary range $51,791-$61,727
>Appointment above the lowest step requires approval by the Appointing
>Officer and is available only under limited circumstances. Authorization
>of this position is pending. This is an exempt position.
>HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to:
> "Solid Waste Admin. & Development Manager" Recruitment
> Solid Waste Management Program
> 1145 Market Street, Suite 401
> San Francisco, CA 94103
> The deadline for receipt of application is April 28, 1997, (this
>deadline may be extended).


Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 14:53:12 -0800
From: Robin Salsburg <>
Subject: Landfill overflow causes- nonrecyclable plastic & junk mail

Responding to Wally's ideas about junk mail:

What about Junk Mail Reduction Laws:
How can we get it so that my name and address is MY property and that no =
one may buy it (from various lists) without my permission? Some =
possible legislation idea:
State Business & Profession Code: Without written permission no one may =
sell or give away a name and address for purposes of profit.
Federal Law: No more than one unsolicited mailing per year per =
organization (this way non-profits fundraising efforts could continue).
No unnamed "resident" or "occupant" letters.

From: Ann Schneider[]
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 1997 12:19 PM
To: Wally
Subject: Re: Landfill overflow causes- nonrecyclable plastic & junk =

Why do we need single use platic sandwich bags. Why not use lunch boxes =

with reusable tupperware or other permanent ware?

Ann Schneider
Repair, Resale and Reuse Council

On Wed, 19 Mar 1997, Wally=20

> Two major causes of overflowing Landfills are non- recyclable plastic =
& junk mail.
> 1) When we go to Home Depot or similar store to buy anything from a =
small light bulb to a thermostat, the package is often bigger than the =
item (mostly plastic) with all the advertising and bar code. Plastics =
can be very useful, especially the durable kind. But when thrown in the =
trash and not recycled it is detrimental. I suggest banning all =
*disposable / non-recyclable plastic* except for:
> Emergency medical use
> Sandwich bags for consumer use
> Protection of package contents in very humid areas.
> Violations could be heavily taxed or fined with all money collected to =
defray landfill costs. Of course the package industry, advertising and =
plastics industries would not be agreeable but...
> 2) Junk mail was not a problem before the desktop computer. These =
computers have allowed anyone to develop a mailing list, print labels, =
and produce their own advertising and magnifying the problem. Besides =
landfill costs, fuel is used to transport this excess mail and more =
trees are cut for paper.
> Junk mail might be defined as any mail without the persons name on it =
(RESIDENT) and any more than 50 pieces of mail of the same type and from =
the same organization mailed at the same time. Mail from an organization =
where the recipient is a member and magazine subscriptions would be =
considered solicited and not junk mail. Mail from nonprofit =
organizations should also be exempt.
> I propose two possible solutions to reducing the junk mail to help pay =
landfill costs and reduce the amount of junk mail.
> a Impose a heavy tax on junk mail with the money going to defray =
landfill costs.
> or
> b Anyone receiving unsolicited mail could send a complaint and the =
offending company would have a heavy fine. Which would go to defray =
landfill costs.
> Personally I let the companies know that their junk mail is an =
invasion on my privacy, causes slower delivery of valid mail, uses extra =
fuel to transport it, and causes extra trees to be cut down. Therefore I =
on't want their product.
> Wally


Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 15:00:13 -0600
From: RecycleWorlds <>
Subject: Quote without Comment on Producer Responsibility (2 steps forward,
200 back)

March 21, 1997 Wall Street Journal, p. B1
By Raju Narisetti

Procter & Gamble Co., the consumer products giant is about to shake up =
its dealing with supermarkets, drugstores and other retailers.

After years of of following the industry practice of taking back damaged =
or discontinued products from stores, the company is adopting a no =
returns policy.

Sarting in July, retailers will be responsible for disposing of the P&G =
cans, carons and lipstick cases they can't sell. Last year P&G took back =
thousands of products at its reclamation center, including everything =
from damaged boxes of Tide to leaking Crisco oil bottles.

P&G will pay retailers a lump quarterly sum to cover the cost of damaged =
shipments. In essence, P&G's move shifts much of the burden from the =
manufacturer to the retailer. 'That's a huge cultural change,' says John =
Carlson, a senior consultant at Cannondale Associates, a Wilton Conn, =
retail consultant. ...


Date: Fri, 21 Mar 97 09:39:30
From: "dk" <>
Subject: Re[2]: Invitation from Tachi Kiuchi, Ceo Mitsubishi Electric

And the same Mitsubishi massively deforesting Malaysia? I hope some
folks on the West Coast will show up and ask some good questions.


Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 17:39:48 -0500 (EST)
From: Ann Sibole/Gerald Creason <>
Subject: Re[2]: Invitation from Tachi Kiuchi, Ceo Mitsubishi Electric

Is this also the same Mitsubishi that is planning to be a desalination
plant on the last of the unspoiled nurseries for the California Gray
Whale - in San Ignacio Lagoon on the west coast of Baja Mexico?

That would be tragic, I fear - what a place - almost unspoiled now except
for ecotourism in the area.

On Fri, 21 Mar 1997, dk wrote:

> And the same Mitsubishi massively deforesting Malaysia? I hope some
> folks on the West Coast will show up and ask some good questions.


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