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GreenYes Digest Wed, 25 Mar 98 Volume 98 : Issue 74

Today's Topics:
Aluminum vs. Plastic Recovery Rates
CRT/electronics in landfills (2 msgs)
Job Opening

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Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 10:07:03 -0600 From: "RecycleWorlds" <> Subject: Aluminum vs. Plastic Recovery Rates

According to the Aluminum Association, as reported in 3/23/98 Plastics News, the aluminum can recycling rate increased to 66.5% in 1997 from 63.5% in 1996.

It may or may not be that the aluminum industry is motivated in part due to the growing prospect of single serve 12 ounce PET bottles competing with the 12 oz. aluminum can.

Whether that is or is not the case, the result is one that enures to recycler's advantage when an industry concertedly works to improve recovery.

As Plastics News points out, this is in stark contrast to the plastic industry's recycling rate which in 1996 was 25% a drop from 1997.

Many observers have concluded, based upon the actions of the plastics industry, that that industry has effectively ceased significant efforts to improve resin's recycling rates because it perceives the public does not care. Certainly, the end result tends to support that conclusion.

To the extent that it is the case that the plastics industry will not resume cooperation with recyclers absent an economic motivation, recyclers may wish to add their voice to the invidious comparison between the two materials in a way that influences the imminent roll out of single serve plastic carbonated beverage bottles.

____________________________________ Peter Anderson RecycleWorlds Consulting 4513 Vernon Blvd. Ste. 15 Madison, WI 53705-4964 Phone:(608) 231-1100/Fax: (608) 233-0011


Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 10:31:09 -0500 From: "Lisa Beavers" <> Subject: CRT/electronics in landfills

Does anyone have any substantive information regarding the environmental impacts of computers/electronics/monitors in landfills, i.e. leaching of lead, etc? I need something other than,"they are taking up valuable space".= =20

Or ideas where to go to find this, quickly? Thank you. Lisa Beavers phone: 919-968-2788 fax: 919-932-2900


Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 16:44:42 EST From: Jango <> Subject: CRT/electronics in landfills

Both the states of MN and NJ have found significant impacts from CRTs=20 (TVs and computer monitors) that are incinerated (over 50% of the lead=20 content in fly and bottom ash). I have found no documentation on lead=20 leachate from CRTs as a problem in landfills. To the contrary, the=20 Electronics Industries Assoc. says that scientists find no evidence of a=20 problem. This shouldn't be surprising. If CRT glass is crushed, lead will=20 leach out, but so-called whole tubes, or more to the point, fully=20 assembled monitors and TVs (ie, housed in plastic cases and shielding,=20 etc.) is basically inert. I say all of this, but obviously we don't know=20 that long term effects because we need to wait another 20-30 years or=20 more before you have a "long term" situation.

All said, EPA's TCLP test which subjects a uniform sample of crushed CRT=20 glass finds, obviously, lead level much higher than the standard amount.=20

See the following for more info.: (do a keyword search on cathode ray tubes)

David Biddle Center for Solid Waste Research 7366 Rural Lane Philadelphia, PA 19119 215-247-2974 (voice and fax)


Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 18:58:17 -0700 From: "Katharine P. Bennett" <> Subject: EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

TO: Green Yes! subscribers:


Eco-Cycle, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado, is hiring a full-time Community Relations person. The right candidate will have excellend organizational, fund-raising, writing, editing, and public speaking skills. Must have experience working with media, volunteers, be able to supervise, and work under pressure. Flexibility, humor, commitment ot recycling and the environment are essential.

Eco-Cycle provides an outstanding benefit package, including full health, a 403 (b) retirement plan, vacation, and more! No electronic resumes will be accepted. Send resume, salary requirements, and a published writing sample to:

CR Search Committee Eco-Cycle, Inc. PO Box 19006 Boulder, CO 80308-2006

No phone calls, please.


Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 16:56:59 -0800 From: David Assmann <> Subject: Job Opening





Public Outreach Coordinator for the San Francisco Solid Waste Management Program,=20

Application Due: April 10, 1998 (may be extended)

The Solid Waste Management Program includes both the Recycling and Hazardous Waste Management Programs. The Recycling Program promotes and supports programs to reduce, reuse and recycle discarded materials in San Francisco, including meeting the state mandate to reduce waste by 50% by the year 2000. Specific program areas include commercial, residential, organics and market development with outreach and school education efforts supporting all= program areas. The Hazardous Waste Management Program is responsible for= implementing the County Hazardous Waste Management Plan, which outlines the steps the= City will take to reduce its hazardous waste generation by 10 - 40% by the year 2000. Public outreach is an integral part of these programs.

The Position: Under the direction of the Senior Administrator, the Coordinator=92s responsibilities are to maintain and expand the Recycling= and Hazardous Waste Program=92s public outreach activities.

Examples of Duties:

Develop Strategy

* Develop comprehensive strategy to creatively promote all hazardous waste= and recycling programs. * Manage market research programs.

Promote Recycling and Hazardous Waste Programs

* Coordinate public outreach for each recycling and hazardous waste program. * Develop and disseminate promotional and educational materials, including press releases, PSAs, brochures, fact sheets, reports, newsletters, ads, signs, and exhibits. * Establish and maintain working relationships with public and private organizations. * Under the direction of the Senior Administrator, work with media representatives and editorial boards to promote recycling and hazardous= waste management stories and provide accurate information on recycling and= hazardous waste issues. * Manage recycling hotline and answer written inquiries. * Coordinate volunteer efforts. * Coordinate the development and staffing of booths and exhibits at fairs= and special events. * Select and manage contractors as needed for market research, community relations, media relations, graphic design, writing, editing, advertising, production, and dissemination.


* Supervise two public outreach staff and one intern * Arrange speaking engagements for recycling staff. * Keep abreast of similar public outreach programs in other communities. * Assist Senior Administrator with other projects, as needed.

Minimum Qualifications: =09 * Bachelor=92s Degree in communications, public relations, marketing, education, recycling, or related field; and * Three years related experience in program promotion, development of promotional materials, and/or community outreach; * Knowledge of advertising and public relations; * Excellent presentation and communication skills; * Excellent organizational and management skills; * Experience managing consultants, contractors, service providers, or equivalent; * Ability to effectively interface with elected officials, representatives= of governmental agencies, the private sector, and the public; * Ability to plan and organize complex projects; and=20 * Valid California driver=92s license (or ability to obtain one).

Additional years of experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for year basis. A Master=92s Degree in one of the fields listed= above may be substituted for one year of experience.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

* Familiarity with and interest in recycling and hazardous waste issues. * Experience preparing and managing budgets. * Experience in teaching or education-related field. * Macintosh/IBM literate; Knowledge of desktop publishing programs. * Bilingual (English and Spanish, or Chinese, or Tagalog, or Vietnamese or Russian). * Ability to make presentations to culturally-diverse audiences. * Ability to work independently. * Ability to motivate.


1370 Special Assistant XI-Salary range $51,791-$61,727

Appointment above the lowest step requires approval by the Appointing= Officer and is available only under limited circumstances. Authorization of this position is pending. This is an exempt position.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to: Public Outreach Coordinator Recruitment=20 Solid Waste Management Program 1145 Market Street, Suite 401 San Francisco, California 94103

Application must be received by 5:00 pm, April 10, 1998. Deadline may be extended.


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