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Re: [greenyes] Re: greenyes Digest Is there really more trash for the holidays?
I have no data to support or refute the assertion that more trash is
generated at this time of year; however; I do think it's important to remind
residents that the choices they make will have an impact on the amount of
garbage hauled out to the curb. There's always room for improvement!

We have a few more holiday waste-saving tips in our monthly newsletter
posted at www.laptoplunches.com/DecemberNewsletter_2003.html. Check it out
if you're interested.

Amy Hemmert
Obentec, Inc.
amy@no.address
www.obentec.com


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lyman-Onkka, Cathi" <Cathi.Lyman-Onkka@no.address>
To: "'Blair Pollock'" <bpollock@no.address>; <greenyes@no.address>
Cc: <hhoward@no.address>
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2003 8:55 AM
Subject: RE: [greenyes] Re: greenyes Digest Is there really more trash for
the holidays?


> While we have not reviewed this in the past couple of years, this is
similar
> to what we have seen in Ramsey and Washington Counties. The holidays are
NOT
> the time we have the most trash at the facility. Yard waste is banned from
> the MSW stream, so that is not a factor. While we have several residential
> colleges in Ramsey County, they are a small proportion of our total
> population.
> Cathi
> Cathi Lyman-Onkka
> Saint Paul - Ramsey County Department of Public Health
> Environmental Health Section
> cathi.lyman-onkka@no.address
> phone: 651-773-4449  Fax: 651-773-4454
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Blair Pollock [mailto:bpollock@no.address]
> Sent: Friday, December 05, 2003 10:34 AM
> To: greenyes@no.address
> Cc: hhoward@no.address
> Subject: [greenyes] Re: greenyes Digest Is there really more trash for the
> holidays?
>
>
> John. et al:
>
> Is it possible that Madison data is different from other places as the
> students influence the flow of waste. isn't the campus population of
> students alone, not including faculty or staff in the 40,000 range. If
most
> of them leave town in Dec for holidays that could account for the lowered
> waste gen. rate then. That same logic would also correlate well with the
> high in waste in May (when the students clear out and leave their
detritus)
> and in August when they return and there is a big slug of new consumption.
>
> I too am based in a college town and Karen's email, followed by your
> analysis got me thinking about this "more trash at Christmas"  thing too.
> Thus here are data from Chapel Hill NC for eight years noting the peak
month
> and low month for waste in the residential and non-residential waste.
> Percentages represent diff b/w high & low months in each sector annually.
>
> year           Peak month res.    Peak month comm (w/MFU).    Low month
res.
> Low month comm.
> 95/96            Aug     15%            Oct    22%
> Mar                     Jun
> 96/97            Sep     30%            Sep    20%
> Feb                     Feb
> 9798             Dec     26%             Mar     9%
> Nov                    Nov
> 98/99            Jun      17%             Oct     14%
> Nov                    Feb
> 99/00            Jun       17%             Aug     27%
> Apr                     Jan
> 00/01            Dec      12%            Aug      22%
> Feb                    Dec
> 01/02            Apr        28%            Aug      15%
> Feb                     Nov
> 02/03            Dec *     36%           May       14%
> Feb                     Aug
>
> * ice storm resulted in major power outages for up to a week ?---> high
> throw out of food?
>
> From: Karen.Hales@no.address
> Cc: bnwilliams@no.address
> Subject: Trash the Holidays
> Message-ID: <OF808E006E.53B5D2CC-ON85256DF2.006BC4DE@no.address>
> Did you know that Americans throw away 25% more trash during the
> Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year?
> This amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons
> per week. Get the word out on ways to help trim the trash while trimming
> the tree. A few simple things you can do to reduce waste this holiday
> season:
> 1. Give gifts that are what friends and family really want or need.
> 2. Gift certificates or a donation to a favorite charity make great
> gifts
> as well
> 3. Homemade food or something youve made yourself from reused items
>
> always great ideas.
> 4. Instead of wrapping gifts for the kids, hide the presents, and turn
into
> a treasure hunt.
> 5. Send holiday e-greetings to family, friends and business associates who
> are on-line. Wrap the gift in a gift: put cookies in a flower pot or hide
> jewelry
> in a new pair of gloves.
>
> This tip was sponsored by the 2004 CRA Conference - Staying on Track
> Revving Up Recycling.  To find out more about the conference , to
> register,or learn about the annual awards or sponsorship opportunities,
> visit ourWeb site at www.cra-recycle.org.
>
> Karen Hales=
> Recycling/Solid Waste Specialist
> TOWN of CARY 919-462-3873 voice919-469-4304
> karen.hales@no.address
> http://www.townofcary.org
>
> "Make everyday America Recycles Day!"
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 13:58:44 -0600
> To: "'Karen.Hales@no.address'" <Karen.Hales@no.address>,
> greenyes@no.address
> From: "Reindl, John" <Reindl@no.address>
> Subject: RE: [greenyes] Trash the Holidays
>
> I question the blanket statement of the statistic that "Americans throw
away
> 25% more trash during the
> Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than at any other time of year".
>
> I have been in the solid waste field for over 30 years, and the data that
I
> have seen from communities in my area over that time contradict this
number.
>
> As an example, in my own town of Madison, with a population of some =
> 200,000,
> here are the data for solid waste for 2001:
>
> As seen, the highest months are August and May. The month of December =
> is our
> third lowest month for waste generation, and January is only a bit =
> higher.
>
> Years ago, the summer months were even higher with respect to other =
> months,
> before there was the composting of grass clippings and the recycling of
> beverage containers.=20
>
> John Reindl, Recycling Manager
> Dane County, WI=20
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 14:56:34 -0600
> To: "'greenYes@no.address'" <greenYes@no.address>
> From: "Reindl, John" <Reindl@no.address>
> Subject: RE: [greenyes] Trash the Holidays
> Message-ID: <A4E3A2EDD526D511B11F0002A5348C490B11CB9D@no.address>
>
> Here are the total for all of the city:
>
> Month Tons
>   Jan 3,495
>   Feb 2,736
>   March 3,248
>   April 3,585
>   May 4,151
>   June 3,574
>   July 3,716
>   Aug 4,492
>   Sept 3,394
>   Oct 3,802
>   Nov 3,699
>   Dec 3,293
> December is the third lowest month of generation, and August and May are
the
> highest
>
> John Reindl
>
>
>
> __________________________________________________
> Blair Pollock
> Solid Waste Programs Manager
> (919) 968-2788
> fax: (919) 932-2900
> PO Box 17177
> Chapel Hill, NC 27516-7177
>
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