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GreenYes Digest Thu, 21 Aug 97 Volume 97 : Issue 203

Today's Topics:
America Recycles (McDonald's) Day
Does gy and zw = UNGP?
TEXAS and America Recycles (McDonald's) Day
Why recycle video

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Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 12:04:03 -0700
From: Robin Salsburg <>
Subject: America Recycles (McDonald's) Day

Thanks, Hop, for your posting about the America Recycles (McDonald's) =
Day. It did seem a bit odd to me as well-- sort of like Exxon =
sponsoring a clean the beaches day or a don't drive your car day. =20

And apparently this Recycle Day originated in Texas. Now not to slam =
Texas or anything, but I didn't realize they had very active or =
innovative recycling programs there. =20

Before we endorse this Recycle Day, I would really urge folks to look at =
both the message AND the messenger.

Robin Salsburg
Monterey, CA

From: Hop[]
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 1997 4:36 PM
Subject: Re: America Recycles (McDonald's) Day

Sorry to be so sceptical but ...... having read the following:

>I am writing to share some exciting news about America Recycles Day.
>To help spread the word in your state, McDonald's restaurants are
>considering using colorful "Buy Recycled" tray liners with information
>similar to the sample enclosed. Two years ago, McDonald's distributed
>more than 30 million "Buy Recycled" tray liners to their customers
>nationwide. It is a terrific way to publicize how and why to "Buy

..... I couldn't help but visit my archives and send you guys this:

Embargoed till:
Sunday 16 October 1994

Hey Mac ... Take Back Your Pack!

The occurrence of Worldwide Anti-McDonald's Day today, Sunday 16 =
has sparked the Waste Crisis Network to call on McDonald's, and other =
food' outlets in Australia, such as Hungry Jack's and KFC, to take back
their packaging.

"Packaging is a major contributor to the waste crisis" says Peter =
Project Officer for the Nature Conservation Council of NSW. "One only =
to look down and around them in the street to find examples of takeaway
packaging litter from fast food outlets."

"Landfill capacity is dwindling around the country. The one-way approach =
packaging has to end."

"McDonald's, Hungry Jack's, KFC, and others, could help to ease the =
crisis by taking a leaf out of Pizza Hut's book. They should abandon =
use of disposable packaging for eat-in customers and provide reusable
knives, forks, spoons, plates, cups and glasses instead" says Mr Hopper.

"The potential benefits of such a switch are very real and go beyond =
just a
cleaner environment. Extra jobs would be created by such a move and =
would result from the avoided cost of the packaging and waste disposal

"Instead of allowing huge quantities of takeaway packaging to become a
burden to local councils, the community, and the environment, 'fast =
providers should:

* avoid packaging wherever possible,
* replace disposable packaging with reusable alternatives, and
* retrieving the remainder for recycling or composting.

In this way they would demonstrate to their customers, and to the wider
community, that they have a commitment to the 3Rs - Reduction, Re-use, =
Recycling, in that order of priority - and that they wish to contribute =
the '50% reduction in waste by the year 2000' target adopted by the< a y Commonwealth, and State and Territory Governments" says Mr Hopper.


Update: Since then the target for New South Wales (the east coast state =
Australia having Sydney as the capital) has been raised to "60% =
by the year 2000", new waste minimisation legislation has been =
and a lot more is expected of companies such as McDonald's.

Can't you expect a bit more in the US?

We've been suffering the disbenefits of your poor packaging laws for =
(ie. we've had bestowed upon us by business, following the US example, =
worst rather than the best of your packaging trends).

Honestly, truckloads of "Buy Recycled" McDonald's tray liners is not =
to expect from such a campany. Perhaps Worldwide Anti-McDonald's Day on =
October (I assume it's on again this year) will provide some of you with
the opportunity to let them know you expect a little more!


Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 22:52:59 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Does gy and zw = UNGP?

In a message dated 97-08-19 05:32:20 EDT, (Pamela Guthrie)

All that I can see is that the "Green Plan" was introduced, and designed
by the United Nations UNEP, and is formatted as "Agenda 21". Basically.
it looks like a 'programme' written by Dow or Shell, etc.

Is any of this related to the GreenYes or ZeroWaste groups? If so has
anyone read the UNEP Agenda 21, or dissenting views?
GRRN is a national coalition of community groups and recycling advocates
building coalitions around the goal of "Zero Waste." Established in 1996
by leaders in recycling, economic development and the environment, GRRN
provides a vital link for local activists developing new strategies to
reduce waste and advance recycling.

GRRN engaged hundreds of organizations and individuals over the past 18
months in a dialogue about the future of recycling. In April 1997, GRRN
convened a national organizing conference with more than 50 leaders of
groups from 17 states (list attached in appendix) to launch a national
"Zero Waste" Campaign.



Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 16:09:24 -0700
From: "Adams, Jesse" <>
Subject: TEXAS and America Recycles (McDonald's) Day

>>>And apparently this Recycle Day originated in Texas. Now not
to slam Texas or anything, but I didn't realize they had very active or
innovative recycling programs there.<<<


Never heard of the "Don't Mess With Texas" campaign?? You must lead a
sheltered existence down there on the beach....;-)



Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 14:44:59 -0700
From: Caroline Brimblecombe <>
Subject: Why recycle video

Further to Robin Moore's request for 'why recycle' videos, try
the Minnesota SEEK (Sharing Environmental Education and
Knowledge) searchable web site (their Waste Education
Clearinghouse has videos)

FYI Two Hmong language (also available sub-titled) videos
covering recycling, HHW, etc. were produced for the Hmong public
TV program Kev Koom Sia under a cross-cultural materials grant
program (NB they were produced by and for the Hmong community).
They are exceptionally good and the people I previewed them
with agreed they'd be useful in conveying messages to many
audiences, not just the intended one.

I think these are listed on the SEEK database also. wrote:
> ---------------------
> Forwarded message:
> From: (Moore, Robin)
> To: ('')
> Date: 97-08-01 07:05:18 EDT
> Does anyone out there have any "Why Recycle?" videos?
> The City of San Jose is currently focusing its commercial solid waste
> outreach efforts on recycling in multi-tenant office buildings. Given that
> some tenants and property managers are difficult to convince that recycling
> is worth the hassle, we thought a brief (5 minutes) motivational video
> might be a great way to begin some of our kickoff meetings. We've have
> contacted the waste board to see what they have available -- unfortunately,
> what they have is primarily waste prevention and more focused on the "how
> to's" rather than "why is it important". We have yet to find something that
> is brief and inspiring. (We'd be happy with something as general as "why
> care about the environment", which we can then relate to recycling.)
> Does anyone have anything of the kind, or any suggestions that might point
> us in the right direction. We may end up creating something ourselves, but
> don't want to reinvent the wheel if it's been done. If you do, I would love
> to hear from you. You may e-mail me or reach me at:
> Robin Moore (
> City of San Jose
> Environmental Services Department
> 777 N. First Street, Suite 450
> San Jose, CA 95112
> (408) 277-5533 - phone
> (408) 277-3669 - fax
> Thank you.--
Caroline Truth Brimblecombe
Norwich, United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1603 222243 - office
+44 (0) 1603 223 219 - fax
+44 (0) 1603 613806 - home


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