GreenYes Digest V97 #101

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GreenYes Digest Wed, 7 May 97 Volume 97 : Issue 101

Today's Topics:
2nd Annual NE Recycling Investment Forum
Emerging Site
Enquiry - Plastic Packaging Ban in Suffolk County, NY
salvage at the landfill face
sorting and highgrading of paper

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Date: Tue, 6 May 1997 12:45:39 -0700 (PDT)
From: "David A. Kirkpatrick" <>
Subject: 2nd Annual NE Recycling Investment Forum

Northeast Recycling Council Presents the Second Annual Northeast Recycling
Investment Forum
New York City, May 16, 1997

Join us in New York City for the Second Annual Northeast Recycling
Investment Forum. The Forum features business plan presentations by nine
emerging and expanding firms seeking equity capital, facts and figures on
investment trends in the recycling industry, and unique networking

The featured firms were selected by a group of established financial
professionals, and have all attended a presentation skills and investor
outreach training provided by Price Waterhouse LLP. They include:

*** an electronic equipment demanufacturing company,
*** a recyclables trading, exchange, and market information network for
recovered paper and other recyclable commodities,
*** a manufacturer of high quality furniture made from reclaimed wooden pallets,
*** a manufacturer of glazed ceramic floor and wall tile made from recycled ash,
*** a manufacturer of thermoplastics products made from scrap tires and
waste polyolefin plastics,
*** a compost producer that has commercialized the use of a proprietary,
in-vessel composter for organic waste,
*** a carpet recycling company that has a proprietary process for recovering
nylon, rubber, urethane and mixed fiber,
*** a developer of a proprietary chemical enhancement process to produce
fine rubber powders from rubber waste and scrap tires, and
*** a developer of a proprietary technology for decopying paper.

Two keynote speakers will present original research on investment trends in
the recycling industry. Steve Bouck of First Analysis Corporation will
discuss "Investing in Recycling: Keys to Success," and David Kirkpatrick of
KirkWorks will discuss his recently updated report, "Mergers, Acquisitions
in the Recycling Industry." Forum attendees will receive a booklet
containing detailed profiles of the featured businesses, a copy of the
exclusive M&A report and an investors' research guide to the recycling

Registrations will be accepted by fax or mail through May 12. In addition, a
limited number of walk-in registrations will be accepted. The registration
fee of $250 covers both a reception on Thursday, 5/15/97 from 5:00-7:30 PM
as well as the entire Forum on Friday, 5/16/97 from 7:30 AM-3:00 PM, all at
the Con Edision Building, 4 Irving Place, New York City. The Gramercy Park
Hotel at 800/221-4083 has a block of rooms reserved for Forum attendees.

We hope to see you at the Forum! Registration forms available on-line at For further information contact: Mary Ann Remolador,
Northeast Recycling Council at 802/254-3636 or or David
Kirkpatrick, KirkWorks at 919/220-8065 or


Date: Tue, 6 May 97 18:44:04 -0700
Subject: Emerging Site

Hello Everyone (sorry for any cross-postings) -
I am developing a environmental web site
( with a fellow high school student. I am
trying to post some visitor feedback as well as our views and
information. If any of you would be so kind as to write a piece on the
environment (In general or on a specific topic), we would GREATLY
appreciate it. Or, if you do not want to write a piece, we would love to
have you simply visit our site. It would be great to have you sign our
guestbook, or tell us what you think of our site (it certainly needs
improvement-but how?!?). Thank you all in advance!

Greg Westin
| Co-Founder of SEAN \ Save our Earth! |
| (Student Environmental \ Visit |
| Action Network) \ for more info! |


Date: Wed, 7 May 1997 19:37:28 +0900
From: (Hop)
Subject: Enquiry - Plastic Packaging Ban in Suffolk County, NY

Can anyone give me an update on the following (quite old) information which
I recently stumbled upon. In particular, is this law still in force? If so
has it been successful / broadened / copied.


Extract from RACHEL'S ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH WEEKLY #76, May 9, 1988, follows ...

"Suffolk County, NY, on March 29 passed a law banning the use of plastic
grocery bags and other plastic food containers starting in July, 1989. The
law forbids the use of polystyrene foam (PS foam) and polyvinyl chloride
(PVC) for food packaging in restaurants, bars, delis, roadside stands,
grocery stores, and other retail food establishments."


Date: Tue, 6 May 97 06:44:35 -0700
Subject: PETE

Hello Everyone-
I have a question regarding the recyclability of certain plasitc
containers. I hauled my recyclables to the recycling center yesterday,
and the collector said that the only plastic they would recycle was that
which had held a liquid. He simply trashed all our other plastic. Is
this common practice? If so, why?

Greg Westin


Date: Tue, 06 May 1997 16:54:07 -0400
From: "Blair Pollock" <>
Subject: salvage at the landfill face

We are considering hiring a position to conduct salvage of usable/ readily
recyclable (metal primarily) construction materials deposited at the
landfill face. Does anyone know about the efficacy of this? Tons/year
removed. Cost/ton. Amount of usables/saleables, etc. Other issues --worker
injury, exposure, etc.? I know that Charlottesville VA did it but the one
article I read said only 22 tpy, not really worth my effort?


Date: Tue, 06 May 1997 17:54:01 -0400
From: "Blair Pollock" <>
Subject: sorting and highgrading of paper

We are interested in possible expansion of the grades of fiber we collect
but are wary of markets for RMP and office mix. Our recycling programs
already collect ONP and OMG at the curb and OCC and OTDs at drop off sites.
Our recyclable fiber routinely recieves very high marks (therefore $$) from
paper brokers for its cleanliness.

If we were to build a MRF to handle a wider variety of fibers (and
containers), we could consider adding RMP and Offmix to a commingled fiber
stream if there were some way to further high-grade the RMP, other than just
re-extracting the ONP and OMG that our customers are already separating.

Are any MRFs that separate commingled fiber also high grading the RMP and
Office mix that remains after ONP,OMG and OTD are extracted? Or is all the
remaining fiber after ONP, OMG, OTD simply going off as RMP or OffMix? My
concern is that markets in our region for RMP/OffMix will remain volatile
and unreliable whereas, if the contents of the envelopes full of junque mail
(that's what we get in Chapel Hill) were opened and even emptied into the
recycling bin instead of being placed unemptied into the recycling bin,
their contents could be more valuable when sorted into white ledger, colored
ledger, etc. I don't know if this is a practical approach to high-grading
the RMP but I believe that many in our community would open their junque
mail to help the high-grading process. Is anyone truly hi=grading mixed
paper or are MRFs that adverize that they are hi-grading RMP or office mix
simply taking out ONP, OMG and OTD and trying to market the remainder?


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