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[GreenYes] Re: Recycle Offset Credits?

Title: [GreenYes] Re: Recycle Offset Credits?

Good question.  Looks like a pyramid scheme, yes?

Mary Lou Van Deventer
Urban Ore

On Jun 23, 2008, at 12:46 PM, Jewell, Rebecca wrote:

> Follow up question to this conversation...
> If a City starts a recycling program, does outreach for 
> participation, hires a collection company who sorts the material and 
> sells it to brokers who then sell it to refiners who process it some 
> more (clean it, melt it, color sort it, etc) who then sell it to 
> manufacturers who make it into new products, who gets the carbon 
> credits for "recycling"?
> Is it the City?
> collection company?
> broker?
> the refiner?
> manufacturer?
> In the case of the City, they may be capping and trading under their 
> County or State laws.
> But the collection company might be capping and trading in another 
> system.
> And the broker, refiner and manufacturer might not even be in the 
> United States...
> I'm just wondering what this would look like, if it became reality...
> Rebecca Jewell
> Recycling Programs Manager
> Davis Street Station for Material Recycling & Transfer
> A Waste Management company
> 510-563-4214
> Fun Fact: Waste Management recycled more than 5 million tons of 
> commodities last year; preventing the release of more than 3.4 
> million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

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