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[GreenYes] Re: Recycle Offset Credits?

Title: Re: [GreenYes] Re: Recycle Offset Credits?
I’m coming to this late. Sorry. But it would seem to me that the City gets the recycling offset credit, just like a business would in the private sector, since in theory the city has made the choice to put the recycling program in place and fund the recovery system. All the other points in the chain aren’t really making a choice or investing in something different. While they may “claim” that they are doing the recycling this is essentially business as usual.

As far as the RecycleNet ROC system is concerned, it’s obviously something new and requires rules and standards and since they’re putting the system together one can imagine that they need to make the arbitrary definition for who or what entity gets the credits. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t read anything in the press release about real money. So this isn’t really on the same level as carbon offset markets...yet. They’re more laying the groundwork for something that might eventually be converted into a market proposition.

David Biddle, Executive Director
Greater Philadelphia Commercial Recycling Council
P.O. Box 4037
Philadelphia, PA 19118

215-247-3090 (desk)
215-432-8225 (cell)

on 6/23/08 3:46 PM, Jewell, Rebecca at RJewell@no.address 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?
the refiner?

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

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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