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(Fwd) Enviro-Newsbrief 01/28/97
(Fwd) Thanks a lot!!
MGR. RES. CONS. & RECYC 01 / 03
Recycling Discussion Group

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Date: Tue, 28 Jan 1997 15:00:05 +0600
From: "John Reindl 608-267-8815" <>
Subject: (Fwd) Enviro-Newsbrief 01/28/97

Dear List Members-

The attached article on minimum content legislation for PETE is being
forwarded for your information.

John Reindl, Recycling Manager
Dane County, WI

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Date: Tue, 28 Jan 1997 15:53:38 -0500
From: GROUP LIBRARY-HQ 202-260-0748 <>
To: Multiple recipients of list <>
Subject: Enviro-Newsbrief 01/28/97

Enviro-Newsbrief January 28, 1997

The following is a daily update summarizing news of interest
to EPA staff. It includes information from current news sources:
newspapers, newsletters, and other publications. For more
information, contact the EPA Headquarters Library at (202) 260-
5921, or e-mail LIBRARY-HQ.

**Viewpoints expressed in the following summaries do not
necessarily reflect EPA policy**


Drop in PET Market Spurs Interest in Minimum Content Legislation.
Daily Environment Report, January 28, 1997, ppAA-1-2.

A surplus in the plastic market caused prices of polythylene
terephthalate(PET) to drop. The drop in prices lead recycling
advocates to push for minimum content legislation in some states.
The legislatures in California, Wisconsin, and New York are
starting new sessions and may look at bills that require plastic
bottle manufacturers to make products that contain a certain
amount of recycled PET.
A bill being considered in Wisconsin would require plastic
bottles sold in the state to include 25% recycled content for the
first five years after enacted. After five years the bottles
would be required to contain 50% recycled content. Manufacturers
that did not comply would be fined. Wisconsin's current minimum
content law allows manufacturers noncompliance if the state has a
10% recycling rate.
"It's not so much the [drop in] prices as the way it has
come about," said George Dreckmann, recycling coordinator for the
city of Madison, Wisconsin. "If it were a simple case of supply
and demand, then there's not much you can do about that."
Large amounts of virgin plastic and "off-spec" resins were
dumped on the market. "Off-spec" resins are virgin plastic that
are sold as low grade resin. It most closely competes with
recycled plastic.
"It's common in plastic and paper for companies to go on
expansion binges," said Chaz Miller of the National Recycling
Coalition. With PET "they did it to an extent never seen before."
Miller estimated the current prices of plastic at about 30
cents per pound. Off-spec PET is between 20 cents and 25 cents
per pound. Prices in regional markets vary.
The market will stabilize and the amount of off-spec resin
will stabilize and eventually disappear from the market, thus
clearing the way for recycled PET resin to surge again, predicted
Dennis Sabourin, vice president of Wellman Inc., a plastics
manufacturer and recycling company in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
Sabourin said that it may take a few years for recycling
rates to grow though, because of the large volume of virgin PET
on the market.
The recycling rate dropped from 34% in 1994 to 32% in 1995.
The rate is expected to drop below 30% for 1996.
Quinn Davidson, communications director for the National
Association for Plastic Container Recovery disagrees with minimum
content legislation to stop the decrease in recycling. "What's
happening now is a natural progression. The free market will
correct itself."


Date: Tue, 28 Jan 1997 08:07:04 +0600
From: "John Reindl 608-267-8815" <>
Subject: (Fwd) Thanks a lot!!

Dear List members -

In a recent message, I was given the URL for an environmental site in
Japan that you may find of interest, the site of the Green Marketing
Institute Co., Inc.

John Reindl, Recycling Manager
Dane County, WI


>Please provide us a chance to reciprocate. We do have a lot of
>environmental related information of here in Japan. Also, please
>check our web-site: You
>should be able to download a short summary version of
>our English publication, GMI Report: Japan, which is updated
>once in every month.


Date: Tue, 28 Jan 97 14:07 PST
Subject: MGR. RES. CONS. & RECYC 01 / 03

Position available at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA
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Date: Tuesday, 7 January 1997 10:37am PT
To: Job.Postings.REG
From: REG.Personnel
Subject: MGR. RES. CONS. & RECYC 01 / 03

DATE POSTED: 01 / 07 / 97 POSTING ENDS: 01 / 21 / 97
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CERTIFICATIONS: Environmental/Solid Waste or Energy Management Certificate
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Candidate must feel comfortable with identifying and resolving conflict and
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and benchmark with general industry, trade associations, other Health Care
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and cause the least amount of environmental impact throughout the product life
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***NOTE: Current resume/performance eval must accompany transfer requests***

CONTACT: Cora Nirona
1950 Franklin St., 1st floor
Oakland, CA 94612



Date: 28 Jan 1997 14:59:30 U
From: "Shan W Evans" <>
Subject: Recycling Discussion Group

2:46 PM 1/28/97


Date: Tue, 28 Jan 97 23:14:30 PST


The Grassroots Recycling Network will hold its organizing conference and
national campaign kick-off near Atlanta, Georgia, on the weekend of
April 5-6.
The event is for community-based activists concerned about the future of
waste reduction, recycling and related issues. Watch this space: details to
follow very shortly for those interested in participating!


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