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GreenYes Digest Fri, 24 Apr 98 Volume 98 : Issue 104

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Dioxin from Japan Waste Incinerator - School wants soil replaced
Help wanted
Lexmark cartridges rebuilt under Prebate program

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Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 18:58:02 +0900
From: (Hop)
Subject: Dioxin from Japan Waste Incinerator - School wants soil replaced

Daily Yomiuri - 24.4.98

School wants new soil in dioxin-tainted areas

NOSECHO, Osaka -- A school located near a farm where
record levels of dioxin were found in Nosecho, Osaka
Prefecture, has asked the management of a nearby garbage
incinerator thought to be responsible for producing the
dioxin to replace all contaminated soil near the school,
it was learned Thursday.

Nose High School reportedly urged the managing body of
the Toyono waste disposal facility, which houses the
incinerator, to replace soil in areas where less than
1,000 picograms of dioxin per gram of soil were found, in
addition to areas where the level exceeded 1,000

The facility is jointly operated by the municipal
governments of Toyonocho and Nosecho.

More than 1,000 picograms of dioxin per gram of soil were
recorded in 12 spots near the disposal facility, 10 of
which were located on the five-hectare farm belonging to
the school. Levels of between 130 and 780 picograms per
gram of soil were found at other locations on the farm.

The body that manages the facility currently plans to
replace the top layer of soil covering three hectares
where dioxin levels were found to exceed 1,000 picograms
of dioxin per gram of soil. Soil covering only two
hectares of farmland would be replaced under the plan.

A gardening teacher at the school said the body should
observe regulations adopted in Germany, where it is
illegal to grow crops in soil containing 40 or more
picograms of dioxin per gram of soil.

Compensation to be sought

The mayor of Toyonocho, Toshimasa Nanden, who also heads
the facility's managing body, announced Wednesday the
body's intention to demand compensation from the
incinerator's manufacturer, Mitsui Engineering and
Shipbuilding Co.

Mitsui is suspected of deliberately reducing dioxin
emissions for the duration of dioxin level checks and of
conducting the checks without informing the management.

Evidence of structural faults in the incinerator
reportedly contributed to the management's decision to
seek compensation.


Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 23:19:49 -0400
From: "Blair Pollock" <>
Subject: Help wanted

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.


Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 13:14:00 -0600
From: "John Reindl" <>
Subject: Lexmark cartridges rebuilt under Prebate program

Dear List members -

this is a response I got back from Lexmark on their toner cartridge
Prebate program.

Any comments on followup that should be taken on this?

John Reindl, Recycling Manager
Dane County, WI

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Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 14:06:04 -0400

Lexmark remanufactures the Prebate cartridges. Because the product is so
new and the supply is limited, the remanufactured cartridges are currently
made available to certain customers, but not the general public.

If a cartridge is damaged or too worn to be repaired and remanufactured --
which eventually happens to all of them -- it is sent to a workshop for
disabled adults in Lexington. There, the Prebate cartridges and other
cartridges Lexmark collects through Operation ReSource are disassembled and
the components and any residual toner is recycled. The workshop keeps the


>Can you please tell me what happens to the "prebate" cartridges when
>they are returned to Lexmark? Are they remanufactured and refilled or
>Thank you,
>John Reindl
(608)267-1533 - fax
(608)267-8815 - phone


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