GreenYes Digest V98 #250

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GreenYes Digest Wed, 25 Nov 98 Volume 98 : Issue 250

Today's Topics:
China's Impact on Commodity Prices
Composting newsprint and office paper
Compost Operator's Advanced Topics Seminar to Feature Dr. Elaine Ingham
Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

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Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 08:37:53 -0600
From: "RecycleWorlds" <>
Subject: China's Impact on Commodity Prices

The 11/23/98 Wall Street Journal has an excellent articel ("China Is a
Big Swing Factor in Commodity Markets," at p. A18) that provides insight
into the inscrutable factors that lead China to dramatically, erratically
and unpredictably take actions -- especially in regard to cotton (which
they categorize as a strategic material due to its importance to them) --
that cause commodity prices worldwide to gyrate.
Peter Anderson
RecycleWorlds Consulting
4513 Vernon Blvd. Ste. 15
Madison, WI 53705-4964
Phone:(608) 231-1100/Fax: (608) 233-0011


Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 12:11:39 +1100
From: "Kellie Watson" <>
Subject: Composting newsprint and office paper

To all at the GreenYes Digest:

I have had an inquiry from an organic gardener about chemicals in office
paper, newsprint, printing inks and pens. He is concerned about using these
in his compost bins and worm farm and introducing heavy metals and chemicals
through the compost/castings onto his garden.

Is anyone aware of research that has been conducted over the past years on
the quality and chemical composition of compost/worm castings produced by
using office paper and newsprint in compost bins and worm farms?

I would appreciate any addresses, articles, publications that you may be
aware of.

Much appreciated- Kellie Watson


Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 16:41:48 -0500
From: (Mary Appelhof)
Subject: Compost Operator's Advanced Topics Seminar to Feature Dr. Elaine

Compost Operator's Advanced Topics Seminar to Feature Dr. Elaine Ingham

If you've ever heard Dr. Elaine Ingham speak, you seek other
opportunities to hear her. Why? Because she can never get everything she
has to offer into one presentation. At least that has been my experience.
Although I met her only a year ago, I have heard her six times ranging from
Seattle to Kansas City to North Carolina, and eagerly look forward to her
coming presentation in Ann Arbor Friday Dec. 4, 1998.

Elaine's focus is on the soil foodweb. She has done more to develop
understanding about how bacteria, fungi, protozoa, microarthropods and
nematodes in healthy soil interact to free up nutrients for plants than any
other person around. She has a quality rare for an academic, she can talk
in language we can all understand. She makes it fun, and she makes it
stick. (Well, after a few repititions, perhaps.)

According to Ingham, Associate Professor at Oregon State University
and founder of Soil FoodWeb, Inc., "If we get health back into the soil you
no longer have to add pesticides, fertilizers, or insecticides. You can
even drop herbicide applications out of the system. How do you get health
back into the soil? Compost. Good compost."

So how do you make good compost? Find out from Elaine Ingham
herself at the Michigan Compost Council's Advanced Topics Seminar 8:30
am-4:00 pm, Friday, December 4, 1998, at Weber's Inn Conference Center in
Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fee for non-members is $135, for members, $100.
Registration is through the Michigan Recycling Coalition, 517-371-7073, FAX
517-371-1509. Registrations prior to Monday, 3:00 pm, November 30 will
guarantee lunch.

Here's a chance for those of us in the midwest to hear her.

Mary Appelhof

Mary Appelhof
Flowerfield Enterprises
10332 Shaver Road
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49024USA
Phone: 616-327-0108 FAX 616-327-7009

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Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 12:09:43 -0800
From: "Brennan, Terry" <>
Subject: Pressure Sensitive Adhesives


Brian Foran of the California Integrated Waste Management Board is
developing a factsheet about pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs), the
problems they create for paper recycling, and the alternatives to PSA
products. He would like to know if any of you have seen any similar
factsheets, and if so, if you could send him a copy. He has plenty of
articles on the topic--it's just factsheets (or sections from
factsheets/brochures) that he's looking for.

Also, if you're particularly interested in the PSA issue and would like to
review Brian's factsheet prior to its publication, he'd like to know that as

Please send factsheets/other information to:

Brian Foran
8800 Cal Center Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95816

Please send e-mail messages to:

Brian's phone number is 916-255-2467.

Thank you,

Terry S. Brennan
Integrated Waste Management Specialist
California Integrated Waste Management Board
(916) 255-2311

Opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the State of
California or the California Integrated Waste Management Board.


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