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GreenYes Digest Thu, 6 Nov 97 Volume 97 : Issue 267

Today's Topics:
Computer Recycling/Demanufacturing
GreenYes Digest V97 #266
Plastic Ban Sought in India
Position Available
short statement-NAFTA

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Date: Wed, 5 Nov 1997 16:35:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Computer Recycling/Demanufacturing

CRRA is organizing workshops for March 1998 on the issue of Reuse and
Recycling of Electronics (both computers and brown goods).

We have been monitoring all the discussions on sources of info on computer
recycling and will try to summarize that info for our packets. Thanks to
everyone who has commented so far - this info has been great!

We also hope to identify good speakers and case studies from California on
this subject in the next couple of weeks. If you have any ideas for speakers
in California, please let me know ASAP!


Gary Liss
CA Resource Recovery Association


Date: Wed, 05 Nov 1997 23:38:13
From: "John E. Young" <>
Subject: GreenYes Digest V97 #266

(please distribute

November 5, 1997

Bi-partisan Bill Introduced to End Commercial
Logging on Federal Public Lands

On Friday, October 31, 1997, Representatives Cynthia
McKinney (D-GA) and Jim Leach (R-IA) introduced the
National Forest Protection and Restoration Act of
1997. This bill would end commercial logging on
National Forests, BLM Resource Areas, National
Wildlife Refuges, and National Recreation Areas.
At the same time, it would redirect taxpayer subsidies
($791 million in 1996) to the timber industry into
funding worker retraining programs, ecological
restoration of lands damaged by logging, community
development projects, and production of alternative
fibers for use in papermaking. Approximately $200
million per year in savings over the current
money-losing programs would remain unspent and be
used for further deficit reduction.

The bill has been assigned number H.R. 2789, and
referred to the House Committee on Resources,
the Committee on Agriculture, and the Committee
on Education and the Workforce.

The complete bill language, in both text and PDF
formats, is available on the new ERIN NFPRA web
page at

A transcript of the press conference held by
Reps. McKinney and Leach is also available on
this web page.

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Date: Wed, 5 Nov 1997 07:06:48 -0500
From: "" <>
Subject: Plastic Ban Sought in India

From: Dr. Denise Weber[]
Sent: Monday, November 03, 1997 7:48 PM
Subject: Re: Plastic Ban Sought in India

Lynn here's a copy of an article off the internet - India News

The Times of India
Tuesday 4 November 1997


The Times of India News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:In a step towards eradication of plastics in daily use,
Sabarimala, Kerala's major pilgrim shrine, and the state zoos and museums
have banned carrying of plastic bags and containers on their premises.

While the decision to keep off plastics in the Sabarimla hill shrine was
taken by the Pathanamthitta district court, the order banning plastic bags
inside zoos, museums and gardens was issued by the state government last

The environment committee of the state assembly had sought a ban on plastic
bags, cups and other items as they are environmentally hazardous. The
environmentalists, especially the Save Soil Society, had been crying for a
halt to the proliferation of the use of plastics.

The order of the Pathanamthitta district judge has put the Devaswom Board
in a fix as the Board has no time to replace the plastic sachets secured to
give various edible offerings (prasadam). The pilgrim season is fast
approaching. A Devaswom Board official told the The Times of India News
Service on Monday that attempts were being made to secure an exception for
this year since it would be difficult to make alternative arrangements this

The eco-friendly order of the judge, who is also the special officer for
Sabarimla appointed by the Kerala High Court, followed the danger to the
environs of the forests near the hill shrine on account of piling up of
plastic waste brought in every season by millions of pilgrims from
different states.

Sabarimala is believed to be second only to Tirupati in volume of pilgrim
traffic and earnings.

As for zoos, gardens and museums, the implementation of the government
order has already begun. All eateries, canteens and coffee stalls have been
asked not to use plastic cups and wrappers. Visitors to these places would
be searched for plastic items at the gate and those found violating the ban
order would be penalised, said administrator of the zoo and museum here,
S.Gopinathan Nair. He said not long ago a Manipuri deer died after eating a
plastic bag.

The zoo staff, too, had complained of visitors carrying peanuts in plastic
bags for monkeys and birds. Deer are more prone to eat the plastics if they
taste sweet in them, the official said.

Meanwhile, many environmentalists have welcomed the government steps and
have asked for a similar ban on plastics in milk packaging and in shops.

|Metropolis| |India| |World| |Stocks| |Business| |Sport| |Editorial|

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please contact Times Syndication Service.


Date: Wed, 5 Nov 1997 17:06:08 -0800
From: (David Assmann)
Subject: Position Available

Internship with the San Francisco Recycling Program
City and County of San Francisco

Public Outreach

Duration: 1 year position, starting in December 1997
Position: Full time, 40 hours per week

Responsibilities: To assist the Public Outreach Coordinator in the
following areas:

=85 Coordinate distribution and monitoring of monthly newspaper ads and arti=
=85 Assist in administrative outreach tasks.
=85 Help on research projects.
=85 Make presentations to neighborhood and other organizations, businesses
and others
=85 Arrange for translations and work with vendors on design, printing and
translation projects.
=85 Help maintain recycling hotline.
=85 Maintain databases, including media, community group and recycling cente=
=85 Assist Public Outreach Coordinator on neighborhood, seasonal, special an=
other projects as required.

Minimum Qualifications: Valid California Driver's License. Excellent
writing, researching and speaking skills.

Desirable Qualifications:

Bilingual in Cantonese. Two years college or university, preferably in an
environmental field. Knowledge of recycling or composting principles.
Experience in community organizing or public outreach. Computer skills
(Macintosh and IBM)

Minimum Requirements

Ability to work independently and in a team environment. Flexibility to
work evenings and weekends for special events.

Salary: $13 per hour. Deadline November 28th, 1997
(May Be Extended)

All Recycling Program Internships are offered through the Environmental
Careers Organization. Position subject to budget approval. Please call ECO
at (415) 362-5552 for more information.

Minority, women and disabled candidates are encouraged to apply

An Equal Opportunity Employer


Date: Wed, 5 Nov 1997 20:48:28 -0500 (EST)
Subject: short statement-NAFTA

I have heard there is more waste being transported into Mexico and Canada now
than before NAFTA and the Uruguay round of GATT was passed. I have requested
information from my local Congressmember and will post the findings in due
time. Does anyone have facts and figures? Feedback...?
Marty Kirkwood

PS There is a clause allowing the U.S. to 'back out' of the trade treaty
within six months with a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate. It would
probably take a staffer six months just to read the treaty itself and our
government has not acted so timely upon any non- "fast track" issue that has
not resulted in a war since WWII. In other words, if this horrific
anti-environmental/labour treaty passes we will see a lot of environmental
destruction of the course of time. Furthermore, the World Trade
Organization, the real global court, has not ruled in favor of the
environment even when presented with "proven and sound science."

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Joint Statement By Community Leaders On Historic "Fast Track" Vote

Congress this week faces a crucial--and historic--opportunity to define

America's future role in the global economy. Congress will be making a

choice between an America that is at the forefront of protecting the

environment and insuring the rights and living standards of workers and

their families, or an America that cares only for the protection of

corporate interests.

The Fast Track legislation which Congress votes on later this week

includes many protections for corporate interests, but actually prevents

the United States from entering into agreements that include protections

for working families and the environment. Congress can and must do

better than this.

Seventy-three percent of Americans believe that "labor and

environmental issues should be negotiated as part of trade agreements"

(Wirthlin Worldwide for Bank of Boston, November, 1996) and we agree.

Taking a leading role in the global economy and taking a leading role in

protecting the environment and workers are not mutually exclusive

positions. The real question before Congress is not whether America

will participate in the global economy but how we will participate.

We are proud of the records of our local Congressional Representatives

on environmental, labor and human rights issues. We call on them--and on

all Representatives--to stand firm and insist on Fast Track legislation

that will redefine and reaffirm America's role in global affairs. We

call on Congress to reject the Fast Track legislation unless or until it

includes protection of the environment and working families.

America's international trade policy for the foreseeable future will be

defined this week. Will it be a narrow policy, giving protections only

to business, or will it be a more inclusive policy, one that commits our

country to the historic ideals of protecting our fragile environment and

insuring the dignity of work? We stand with the majority of Americans

and the consensus of consumers, family farmers, religious leaders,

labor, environmental and human rights groups to urge Congress to vote

for an inclusive future, and against Fast Track.

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