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Fwd: RE: [GreenYes] glass recovery from commingledcurbsideprogram
In a fully commingled, single stream program like in Greensboro, NC, it's a double-edged sword.  The recovery tonnage is higher because of the recovery of glass, but the residue rate is through the roof for the same reason.  If they achieve a 30% recovery rate from that program, I'd be suprised.  Most is broken in collection and processing and ends up in the landfill.


B. Wayne Turner
City of Winston-Salem
Utilities Division
phone: (336) 727 8418
email: waynet@cityofws.org

>>> Helen Spiegelman <hspie@telus.net> 03/13/02 04:51PM >>>
Hi folks,

How many of you (especially those of you in progressive states that have 
challenged municipalities to achieve high diversion rates) can relate to 
this comment, which came from a list subscriber in response to my last 
posting? Your thoughts on this will be interesting...

  H.

>Helen---------you are WAAAY too perceptive!   In many states, the only way
>that we avoid penalties is to keep out recycling tonnage up---and with
>downsized newspapers, thinwalling of metal and plastic containers, and other
>"reduction" efforts in packaging,,,continued collection of glass is
>imperative!
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Helen Spiegelman [mailto:hspie@telus.net] 
>Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 10:14 AM
>To: eric@ecocycle.org; Michele Raymond
>Cc: Steve Hammer; GreenYes
>Subject: Re: [GreenYes] glass recovery from commingled curbside program
>
>
>A cynic might speculate that the only reason to include glass in curbside is
>that because of its weight it bumps up recovery rates (as long as recovery
>is measured as material collected at curbside as opposed to material
>successfully marketed.
>
>H.

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