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GreenYes Digest Fri, 5 Sep 97 Volume 97 : Issue 214

Today's Topics:
ACTION ALERT--Call Your Senator to Stop Attack on Mining Reg
FLOW CONTROL (Ann Shneider)
Notice to Those Interested in Plastic Design for Recyclability Issues
NRC Elections/Zero Waste
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Date: Thu, 04 Sep 1997 18:08:37
From: "John E. Young" <>
Subject: ACTION ALERT--Call Your Senator to Stop Attack on Mining Reg

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>Date: Thu, 04 Sep 1997 15:14:07 -0600
>From: Roger Featherstone <>
>Subject: ACTION ALERT--Call Your Senator to Stop Attack on Mining Reg
> Reform
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>The following alert comes to you from the Mineral Policy Center. It is
>critical that we show the Senate that the American public will not
>allow fatcat politicians to give away our publicly held natural
>resources for a song.
>We will keep you update on this Amendment. Be prepared for a push to
>the Interior Appropriations Conference Committee and then the White
>House on this issue.
>For more information contact the Mineral Policy Center at (202) 887-
>1872 or
>Roger Featherstone
>Mineral Policy Center Alert
>3 September 1997
>Legislative Alert
>Repeal the Anti-Environmental Reid Rider-Post Recess Push
> Thanks for you help prior to the August recess, in our push to
>repeal the Reid Rider to the Interior Appropriations Bill. This anti-
>environmental rider, introduced at the eleventh hour by Senator Harry
>Reid (D-NV), would derail efforts to strengthen the environmental
>regulation of hardrock mining on public lands. Your letters and calls
>helped raise the profile of this issue.
> Late this week or early next week a floor vote is expected on the
>Interior Appropriations Bill. Senator Dale Bumpers (D-AR) will offer
>an amendment to repeal the Reid Rider. The vote will be close,
>Senators returning from the recess need to continue to feel pressure on
>this issue. Please make calls this week and early next week, even if
>you made calls before the recess. Call Senators on the target list
>below and ask them to support the Bumpers Amendment and Repeal this
>Anti-Environmental Rider.
> Reid's Rider is an attempt to derail a regulatory review,
>launched by Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, to strengthen the
>environmental regulations for hardrock mining on our public lands
>managed by the Bureau of Land Management(BLM). The amendment prohibits
>"the use of funds to amend or replace the BLM regulations on surface
>mining [3809], or to prepare a draft environmental impact statement on
>any such proposal. . ." and would hold future funding hostage to a
>committee review designed to end in stalemate. This committee would
>effectively give a select group of Western governors veto power over
>the establishment of new federal environmental standards, a dangerous
> To repeal the rider, the following list of Senators must know
>that you're concerned about the environmental impacts of mining on
>public land; that you support stronger environmental regulations for
>hardrock mining, and that the review process should continue. Call the
>following Senators today. This bill will go to the Senate floor late
>this week or early next week.
>Democratic Targets
>Daniel Inouye (D-HI) 202-224-3934
>Thomas Daschele (D-SD)202-224-2321
>Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) 202-224-5521
>Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 202-224-3841
>Max Baucus (D-MT) 202-224-2651
>Robert Byrd (D-WV) 202-224-3954
>Mary Landrieu (D-LA) 202-224-5824
>Tim Johnson (D-SD) 202-224-5842
>Kent Conrad (D-ND) 202-224-2043
>Byron Dorgan (D-ND) 202-224-2551
>Russell Feingold (D-WI) 202-224-5323
>Jack Reed (D-RI) 202-224-4642
>Richard Durbin (D-IL) 202-224-2152
>Republican Targets
>Mike DeWine (R-OH) 202-224-2315
>Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) 202-224-6542
>Olympia Snowe (R-ME) 202-224-5344
>James Jeffords (R-VT) 202-224-5141
>Judd Gregg (R-NH) 202-224-3324
>Arlen Specter (R-PA) 202-224-4254
>John Chafee (R-RI) 202-224-2921
>Susan Collins (R-ME) 202-224-2523
>Richard Lugar (R-IN) 202-224-4814
>Daniel Coats (R-IN) 202-224-5623
>Spencer Abraham (R-MI) 202-224-4822
>John Warner (R-VA) 202-224-2023
>We also need to prepare for what could be the next step, a fight in
>conference. We will circulate a list of targets if this goes to House-
>Senate conference. Stay tuned.
>Roger Featherstone -- Director
>GrassRoots Environmental Effectiveness Network
>A project of Defenders of Wildlife
>PO Box 40046, Albuquerque, NM 87196-0046
>(505) 277-8302 fax:(505) 277-5483 e-mail:
>check out our web page at:
>(All other GREEN staff remain at our Washington, DC, office)


Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 13:01:19 -0400 (EDT)
From: (Michele Raymond)


You hit upon a very interesting topic -- the way I have seen it, the
franchise cities discourage recycling sometimes.

I would be interested to see if there was a way around it!

Michele Raymond
Recycling Laws International


Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 21:22:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: FLOW CONTROL (Ann Shneider)


I believe there are two ways to address your local situation:

1) Business generator in two different cities could transport their own
materials from restricted city to unrestricted city and let recycler pick up
in unrestricted city for a fee. Cities will NOT be able to tell businesses
that materials that they are transporting in their own trucks are something
other than the business' property. Something like that is happening in
Milpitas, as recently reported to the CRRA Board by Steve Suess.

2) The recycler could restructure her business so that they pay for the
materials collected, but charge for other services (such as consulting to
market materials, or fees for rental of drop boxes). This is the most common
way around the situation you mentioned, although the legality of it could be
challenged by aggressive cities and waste haulers. The Pleasanton C&D case
was dealt with in this way.

The Woodfeathers case in Oregon being appealled to the Ninth District Court
of Appeals would change the need for these games. The Woodfeathers case says
that if materials are recycled, they are property and not subject to being
regulated as wastes. CRRA recently agreed to join on an amicus brief to
support this appeal with many other recycling organizations in California.

John Moore will be representing CRRA on the amicus brief. If you want more
details on that, you can reach him at 415-956-3400.

Hope this helps!

Gary Liss


Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 17:16:26 -0500
From: RecycleWorlds <>
Subject: Notice to Those Interested in Plastic Design for Recyclability Issues

To Parties Interested in Plastic Redesign Issues:

Because it may be of interest to you, your readers or members, we would =
like to bring to your attention a project that we have embarked on to =
improve the design of plastic containers for recyclability.

This is the Plastic Redesign Project, funded in part by the University =
of Wisconsin System and the Environmental Protection Agency, with =
membership represented by 32 states. The names of the states whose =
recycling representatives are participating, either directly or through =
a regional association, are attached.

The goal of the Project is to substantially increase the price =
communities receive for their post consumer plastic bottles in three =
ways -=20

First, by making them easier, and, thus, less expensive to process;

Second, by making it possible - because processing will become simpler =
- to integrate processing inside qualified MRFs, reducing costly double =
handling and increasing value added activity; and

Third, by producing flake with fewer contaminants that can be sold into =
higher paying markets.

Earlier, in the first phase of the Project, a group of representative =
cities and companies reached a consensus on 13 win-win redesigns for =
recyclability that were feasible for industry and important for =
improving the economics of plastics recycling community programs. The =
participants in the first phase were:

Cities Industry=09
Dallas Avery Dennison=09
Jacksonville Johnson Control=09
Milwaukee Owens-Illinois=09
New York Procter & Gamble=09
San Diego SC Johnson Wax=09
Seattle St. Jude Polymer=09

In the current second phase of the Project, the regional associations =
and individual states will meet with companies which make products =
packaged in plastic containers. They will work with those firms to help =
them find ways to incorporate the design recommendations into their =
specifications that they issue to their packaging vendors.

If you would like a copy of the recommendations from the first phase, =
please let me know and we will be glad to send you a copy.

If you would like to keep current with the work of the Project, we have =
set up a listserve on which working papers will be posted and which you =
can use to provide comments to the state representatives. We would like =
to encourage you to inform your members or readers of this opportunity =
as well.

To join the list serve, email to <> and, in =
the body of the text (not the subject line), type <subscribe plastic>. =
This listserver is case insensitive. If you subsequently want to leave =
the list, do the same thing except type "unsubscribe" instead of =

Those without internet access can receive written packets by sending a =
request to the Plastic Redesign Project, 4513 Vernon Blvd. Suite 15, =
Madison, WI 53705-4964. Please include $25 to cover the cost of =
handling and postage.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call.

Peter Anderson
Project Director


Mid America Council of Recycling Officials =09
Illinois =09
Indiana =09
Iowa =09
Kansas =09
Missouri =09
[Nebraska]* =09
[North Dakota]* =09
Ohio =09
[Pennsylvania]** =09
[South Dakota]* =09
* Also a member of Mid Continent
** Also a member of Northeast=09

Mid-Continent Recycling Association (U.S. members only)=09
Minnesota =09
Montana =09
Nebraska =09
North Dakota=09
South Dakota =09
Northeast Recycling Council =09
Connecticut =09
Massachusetts =09
New Hampshire =09
New Jersey=09
New York=09
Rhode Island =09

Southwest Public Recycling Association =09
Arizona =09
Colorado =09
New Mexico =09
Nevada =09
Individual States (for regions without regional associations)
California (West)
Florida (Southeast)=09
Oregon (Northwest)


Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 19:20:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: NRC Elections/Zero Waste

In the position as the CRRA's representative to the NRC, last night I
sent out a series of questions to those eleven candidates for the Board of
the NRC.
The primary theme asked about was how the candidates felt about Zero
Waste and the logical conclusions that follow from that, such as Jobs from
Discards, and tax virgin materials.
Today I have had two responses:
David Freeman states that "I will support the NRC making zero waste a
national issue in the 2000 national election campaign."
Bernie Brill writes, "Zero waste should be a national goal and every
effort must be made to conserve our national resources."

I propose that our friends currently on the Board of Directors of the
NRC (including Peter Anderson, Bill Sheehan, Mary Pkach, and Kate Krebs)
might want to consider proposing, to the Board of the NRC, a resolution in
favor of Zero Waste when they first meet on Sunday in Orlando.



Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 08:44:59 -0700
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