GreenYes Digest V98 #106

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GreenYes Digest Tue, 28 Apr 98 Volume 98 : Issue 106

Today's Topics:
[Fwd: GBlist: Books to Recycle]
Fast food waste (2 msgs)
Help wanted
job opportunity - City of Oakland - Recycling Intern - limited
Lexmark article in Recharger Magazine
Newspaper editorial on deposits
waste comp/recycling at sports facilities

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Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 14:46:27 -0400 From: Cindy Shea <> Subject: [Fwd: GBlist: Books to Recycle]

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Dear Listers,

Any ideas for reusing 500,000 books from an East Coast library system. This message appeared on the Green Building list serve and I'm hoping one of you can help.

Thanks, Cindy Pollock Shea Promoting Sustainable Development

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I thought some green building list-ers may have some thoughts on this:

To My "Green" Friends and Colleagues,

Imagine taking 500,000 books from your local library system and hauling them off to the land fill. What a waste! But this is the current plan by one of my "Green Housekeeping" clients unless we can help.

My "Green Housekeeping" client is a major public library system on the East Coast with 59 locations. Periodically they must cull their book collection to make room for new books which are constantly being published. This year, the library is culling approximately 500,000 books! The books are best sellers, fiction, non-fiction, classics, reference, etc. Some of the books are old, but most are in good condition. The majority are in English, although there are books in several language.

What I am trying to do is to help them find a "home" for the books and to keep them out of the landfill. Yes the landfill. It was a surprise for me to learn that books, due to their binding cannot be recycled without cutting the books apart -- something the library cannot afford to do. But these are good books and have enormous literary value.

Perhaps you know of a school or library system that could benefit from the books????? Perhaps in a financially strapped inner city or rural area????? Perhaps overseas in a third world country. Perhaps you have other ideas or have other friends or colleagues that can help????? Not only would the recipient of the books benefit, but it would benefit the environment by keeping the books out of the landfill.=20

Depending on the recipient (i.e. for-profit versus non-profit), the library may want some compensation for the books, but money is not the primary issue. Either way, the library would like for the recipient to take all of the books and handle any shipping costs associated with shipping them.

Please let me know your thoughts as soon as possible. Thanks.


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Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 09:22:58 -0400 From: Rhonda Sherman <> Subject: Fast food waste

I just received an inquiry about how much the fast food industry contributes to the waste stream. Does anyone have some data handy? Please reply directly to me, as I receive the digest version of Greenyes and won't see a general response until tomorrow. Thanks!

Rhonda L. Sherman <> Solid Waste Management Extension Specialist Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department North Carolina State University Box 7625, Raleigh, NC 27695-7625 U.S.A. Phone (919) 515-6770 Fax (919) 515-6772 ************************************************************************ "Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents-- it was loaned to you by your children." (Kenyan proverb) ************************************************************************


Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 09:27:59 -0700 From: Helen Spiegelman <> Subject: Fast food waste

At 09:22 AM 4/27/98 -0400, Rhonda Sherman wrote: >I just received an inquiry about how much the >fast food industry contributes to the waste stream. >Does anyone have some data handy? Please >reply directly to me, as I receive the digest version >of Greenyes and won't see a general response until >tomorrow. Thanks!

Could anyone responding to Rhonda's posting please post the response to the list too (choose "Reply to all" when you send the message). I'm sure a lot of us would be interested in any data anyone has on this!

Helen Helen Spiegelman Vancouver, British Columbia CANADA

604/731-8464 604/731-8463 (fax)


Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 18:36:29 -0400 From: "Blair Pollock" <> Subject: Help wanted

Please post:

Recycling Specialist II, Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This position is responsible for all solid waste reduction and recycling public and school education programs, outreach to the public through publications, landfill tours, presentations, public events and fairs, and other means. Other duties include development of special projects including compost demonstration sites, phone book recycling, mixed paper drives and compost bin sales. The position also manages several recycling service contracts, oversees Town-employee recycling efforts and assists other programs including hazardous household waste collections and commercial recycling. There are administrative duties related to reporting and program tracking. The fast-paced, intense work environment requires flexibility, significant interaction with internal and other local government staff and the public. Excellent writing, presentation and teaching skills required. High level of computer proficiency a plus. Valid NC Driver's license. Bachelor's degree with a preferred emphasis in environment and communications, plus two years experience in solid waste or environmental education field; or equivalent. Starting $28,736; excellent benefits including additional 5% to 401-k, etc. Apply by Receiving applications/resumes through May 21 at: Personnel-B, Town of Chapel Hill, 306 N. Columbia St, Chapel Hill 27516. (919-968-2700). EO/AAE.=20 =20


Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 11:24:09 -0700 From: John McCabe <> Subject: job opportunity - City of Oakland - Recycling Intern - limited

Employment Opportunity City of Oakland Public Works Agency Environmental Services Division, Recycling Program

Start Date: May 20, 1998, upon City Manager Approval Pay rate: $12.00= /hour Hours: 30-40 hours/week Term: Max. 960 hours=20 Office: Public Works Agency, Environmental Services Division Deadline: May 8, 1998 or until filled

Recycling Intern for the City of Oakland Facilities Recycling Program =09 Position Description: The City of Oakland, Environmental Services Division has an opening for a Recycling Intern to assist with the development, implementation and maintenance of the City Facilities Recycling Program. The City Facilities Recycling Program oversees all recycling at over 100 City of Oakland administrative offices and facilities, including two new office buildings located in downtown Oakland. The position will work under the direction of Recycling Program staff to complete tasks related to the City Facilities Recycling Program.

Duties of the position will include: =95Assist staff with the implementation of a comprehensive recycling and waste management system at two new City office buildings; =95Provide administrative or clerical assistance to staff coordinating the City Facilities Recycling Program by compiling and maintaining data and coordinating mailings; =95Schedule and make site visits to City offices and facilities to inform employees of the benefits of waste reduction and recycling, and participation requirements for recycling in their work place.

Desired abilities and skills include: =95Ability to perform independent research, collection and interpretation of data; read statistical data; and prepare reports. =95Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written= form; =95Perform as an education and outreach liaison with other City departments; =95Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required tasks; =95Proficiency in computer word processing and spreadsheet programs. =09 Desired experience: Applicants need not have a technical background, but should have an interest in recycling and waste management. Course work in environmental studies and/or public administration, media, marketing and communication is desirable.

Applicants must possess a valid California Driver's License at the time of appointment.

To apply: Applicants must send: (1) a completed City of Oakland employment application; (2) resume; (3) names and phone numbers of three references; and (4) a one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position to: ATTN: Irene Sudderth RE: Recycling Intern Recruitment City of Oakland Public Works Agency, Environmental Services Division 1333 Broadway, Ste. 330-A Oakland, CA 94612

Complete application packets must be received no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, May 8, 1998 at the above address (faxes and postmarks are not accepted). To receive an application packet or if you have any questions, please contact this office from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (510) 238-6688. ............................................................................ ............................................................... John McCabe, Recycling Specialist City of Oakland Public Works Agency, Environmental Services Division (510) 238-SAVE (general line),

This is my "official" City of Oakland account. ............................................................................ ...............................................................


Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 15:24:31 -0600 From: "John Reindl" <> Subject: Lexmark article in Recharger Magazine

For those interested, the above web page is an extensive article in=20 Recharger Magazine on the Lexmark marketing system for their toner=20 cartridge.=20

John Reindl (608)267-1533 - fax (608)267-8815 - phone


Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 10:06:34 -0700 From: Helen Spiegelman <> Subject: Newspaper editorial on deposits

This word from the upper-left-hand corner of North America, the Canadian province of British Columbia.

We are a land of loggers and fishermen who love their beer and soft drinks as much as any Georgian. We were the first place in North America to put a bounty on beverage containers, and so we can speak from experience about how the system works. =20

Up here, people here have nothing but good things to say about beverage container deposits.

In fact, the deposits are so popular here that public demand is forcing the government to put them on all beverages. Starting in October, we can get money back by turning in wine bottles and whiskey bottles, as well as empties from juice, water, tea, sports drinks =96 any beverage except milk!

If you=92ve never had a deposit program, you need to know a few things about how it works.

First of all, it=92s not a tax. What tax do you know of that=92s REFUNDABLE? All you have to do to get your deposit back is return the empty. The deposit is a REWARD for doing the right thing for the environment. =20

Second, it works. A good way to see this is to look at roadsides here in British Columbia and across the line in Washington state. First we have lots less litter than they do on Washington. But most important, the litter we do have is not beverage containers. What you=92ll find by our roadsides= is chip bags, cigarette packs, carry-out food trash, and plastic bags =96 but hardly a beer or pop can to be seen. The reason? Who=92d want to throw a dime out the window? =20

It seems to us the take-home message is: there should be refunds on all throw-away packages! =20

It is particularly outrageous to us to think that the public taxpayer is paying for litter clean-up in places like Washington and Georgia. Isn=92t= it smarter to have the companies that produce the beverages provide the program for taking back the empties? Why should the taxpayer bail out the litterers and the producers of throw-aways?

The way we see it here, if you sell it, you ought to at least provide the consumer a way to get rid of it. And the little cash refund is what brings them back.=20

Helen Spiegelman Vancouver, British Columbia CANADA

604/731-8464 604/731-8463 (fax)


Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 13:25:36 EDT From: Jerecycl <> Subject: waste comp/recycling at sports facilities

Does anyone have information on waste comp studies at sports facilities (arenas, stadiums) or recycling, source reduction, composting, recycled content purchasing at arenas or stadiums. I'd appreciate receiving info on all of the above topics and would be happy to share once it is compiled. Thanks.


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