GreenYes Digest V98 #236

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GreenYes Digest Tue, 10 Nov 98 Volume 98 : Issue 236

Today's Topics:
(Fwd) WASTE: Economics of solid waste management
Residential Mixed Paper Recycling
stats on contamination of recyclables in curbside programs

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Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 08:02:44 -0600
From: "John Reindl" <>
Subject: (Fwd) WASTE: Economics of solid waste management

Dear List members -

I am forwarding this message from another list. If anyone can help,
could you please respond directly to the sender of this request?

Thank you,

John Reindl

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Date: Mon, 09 Nov 1998 11:03:37 +0000
From: Rohan H Wickramasinghe <>
Subject: WASTE: Economics of solid waste management
Reply-to: Rohan H Wickramasinghe <>


I have been asked for advice on general texts on the
economics of solid waste management. Would anyone be kind
enough to help ?

Thank you.

Rohan H. Wickramasinghe,
Institute for Tropical Environmental Studies,
41 Flower Road,
Colombo 7,
Sri Lanka

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Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 05:07:24 EST
Subject: Residential Mixed Paper Recycling


This is from Harvey Gershman of GBB, solid waste management consultants. If
you don't know me, I am a consultant who helps plan and implement solid waste
and recycling programs across the U.S. Over the years, I and my firm have
been an ongoing support of NRC. Your email address came to me from an email
sent by Gary Liss requesting NRC Board resolutions suggestions.

I am involved in a project to implement the recycling of residential mixed
paper from single family residences in a major county suburb of Washington,
D.C. -- Montgomery County, MD. I am trying to identify data points on
residential mixed paper ("RMP") recovery rates from programs across the U.S.
We have a number of data points, but frankly there isn't a whole lot to draw
upon. So, I am asking this list if anyone has any good data from
comprehensive RMP programs in demographic areas with relatively high income
and having excellent public education support to get the paper to the curb.
After GBB compiles the results of collecting data points out there, I promise
to email you back with the results. Perhaps this would be a good topic for an
NRC paper in the future too.

For each data point, the information being sought is simply:

Number of households which have access to the comprehensive RMP curbside

Frequency of collection:

Type of paper not included in the mix:

Recovery rate per household which has access to the service per year:

Location and contact for the program:

Thanks in advance for thinking about this. The information is needed as soon
as possible. If I can return the favor and provide a data point you are
looking for in the future, please ask.

Best regards,

Harvey Gershman
Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.


Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 13:05:57 -0800 (PST)
From: Pat Franklin <>
Subject: stats on contamination of recyclables in curbside programs

Does anyone out there know of studies or stats on the percent of recyclables
collected via curbside comingled programs that are contaminated? I would be
interested in material specific numbers as well as total numbers,
specifically for glass, aluminum and plastic. How about any information on
the percentage of what is collected that is being landfilled? I have no
doubt that there is some landfilling of contaminated recyclables, but would
doubt that this information is being made public.
Pat Franklin, Executive Director
Container Recycling Institute
1911 Ft Myer Drive, Ste 900
Arlington, VA 22209
tel: 703/276-9800 fax: 276-9587 email:
on the web at


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