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Re: [greenyes] Percentage of recyclables ending up in landfill
Thanks for your response Eric. I'm glad to hear that all that is collected is sold. I raised the question becauseof media reports that NYC stopped collecting plastic water bottles because they ended up in the landfill.

Bill


Subject: Re: [greenyes] Percentage of recyclables ending up in landfill
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2003 10:11:57 -0600

Bill,

In our neck of the woods, Denver/Boulder, we don't have any end-use buyers
within 1,000 miles except one (a bottling plant that buys recycled
glass).... yet, in my 14 years of running Eco-Cycle we have always sold
everything we collected.   So, the answer to your question from me is "zero
wasted recyclables" !!   Plus, it is my impression that my peers around the
country have always been able to sell as well.  The prices aren't always
great, but hey, that's the nature of the "secondary materials commodity
market."

I consider the re-tooling of American industry that buys all of the
collected post-consumer recycled items one of the great environmental
success stories of all time, anywhere on the planet. The rest of the world
is also moving forward with this trend and the numbers just keep on
increasing. Truly, the world of commerce understands that "nothing is waste
until it is wasted." The challenge now is to re-design our discard
collection systems such that the material value is protected and the
transportation costs keep dropping.


Eric Lombardi
Executive Director
Eco-Cycle



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To: greenyes@no.address <greenyes@no.address>
Date: Saturday, August 16, 2003 7:33 AM
Subject: [greenyes] Percentage of recyclables ending up in landfill


>Perhaps someone can help me with this. > >Once recyclables are picked up at the curbside, what percentage of the >different products (aluminum, PET, HDPE, glass, paper) end up in the >landfill anyway because they are not purchased? Are there any statistics on >this? > >Thanks, > >Bill Walsh >Lombard, IL > >_________________________________________________________________ >STOP MORE SPAM with the new MSN 8 and get 2 months FREE* >http://join.msn.com/?page=features/junkmail > > >--------------------------------------------------------------------- >To unsubscribe, e-mail: greenyes-unsubscribe@no.address >For additional commands, e-mail: greenyes-help@no.address > >


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