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Re: [GreenYes] FW: Query from Australia on recycling idea

One resource that I know about is the Waxed Corrugated Recovery Directory
published by the American Forest & Paper Association.  It can accessed
online at:

This is a framed site so the navigation path is:

Resources For Recycling Coordinators > Waxed Corrugated Recovery Directory

In doing a quick review of it, it appears that the primary outlet for waxed
OCC are composting operations.  I know from my own research that mixed paper
programs will exclude it from their acceptable material list and it is also
considered a reject material by every MRF I have ever visited.

I also concur with Eric's suggestion to consult the EPA's Jobs Through
Recycling Program.  You can identify most major public sector market
development programs through JTR.  However, I believe that in order to have
your idea treated seriously in the U.S. it would help if you had some type
of verifiable operations here demonstrating  your proposed solution as well
as reputable private North American-based recycling businesses vouching for
your authenticity.  This is because, unfortunately, there are alot of
crack-pots running around peddling completely sham recycling solutions.

Roger M. Guttentag

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cherie Barclay []
> Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 11:13 AM
> To:
> Subject: Query from Australia on recycling idea
> Hello Pat: I am based in Bendigo, down in south east Australia.  It is a
> little isolated here, so I am completing some research via e mail, for a
> container recycling idea with potential in America, Alaska and
> you please assist?
> An Australian inventor I know has developed an interesting way of
> waxed cardboard boxes, which in Australia are used as containers for
> transporting fruit and vegetables. They are stronger than ordinary
> cardboard, and waterproof. But they are not used again after reaching
> destination - rather they become waste, sent on to landfills. Here they
> break down only very slowly, due to the wax. Therefore, not a good
> environmentally. And they cannot be recycled with ordinary cardboard. But
> what if they could become the focus for 'Save a Tree', and another 'Waste
> into Wealth' type enterprise?
> * It is possible, for this Australian inovator has developed a way to
> cheaply transform these waxed boxes into another useful and widely needed
> product!! The entire process has been fine tuned by this now retired "Saw
> Doctor', who has decades of experience in his field, and in conservation
> generally. The required machinery and techniques are not expensive or
> difficult. A fully working business enterprise can be up and running in 3
> months. And he is willing to travel to any area to assist in all ways.
> Could you please help with the following research questions: Do you have
> these type of waxed boxes in America and Canada? What happpens to these
> waxed boxes in your area? Are they diverted to landfill? Are they recycled
> in any way you know of? - Any other useful contacts or information on this
> subject would be greatly appreciated. Would you like to hear more about
> innovative recycling idea and receive an in depth business plan? It is a
> fine tuned process.
> Thanks Pat
> Cherrie L Barclay: Please contact me at:

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