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Re: [greenyes] Recycle Site for Used Propane Tanks


Helen & Trevor,

You might be interested in knowing that the Product Stewardship
Institute (PSI) in Lowell, MA will be tackling the issue of producer
responsibility for propane tanks. I've copied Scott Cassell, Ex. Dir.
of PSI, on this email in case you wish to pursue the issue with him and
his organization.

Wayne

>>> Helen Spiegelman <hspie@no.address> 06/29/04 03:31PM >>>
Well now, isn't this a perfect candidate for EPR -- extended producer
responsibility?

Why should local and state agencies have to be responsible for figuring
out
what to do with these products -- let alone providing the solution?

If the companies that market these propane tanks were required to
charge a
deposit and issue a refund for tanks that are returned to an authorized

agent (of the Brand-owner's choice) then they could be discharged
safely
and handled appropriately by someone who knows what they're doing.

H.

If we keep picking up after the Throw-Away Society, it will never learn
how
to pick up after itself.



At 11:14 AM 6/29/2004, O'Shaughnessy, Trevor wrote:
>The containers are made of metal,
>and can be recycled by metal processor, however, in order to make
this
>option possible the containers need to be cut in half or punctured in
some
>way. At this time none of the sites have the capabilities of doing
this.
>
> I have heard about equipment for recycling aerosol cans that
>curbside programs are using. Are their particular vendors or service
>providers within the state providing this service? Can a state
facility
>participate in a local program or would they be considered a
commercial
>generator?
>
> I know, what ever the solution, several other locations would
be
>interested in learning about proper recycling opportunities for this
>material.




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