I too think plastic magazines is not a great idea. We need to be reducing our use of plastic and our dependence on oil, not coming up with more ways to consume it!
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* single stream recycling and the new economy - 1 messages, 1 author
* A "plastic paper" magazine? - 1 messages, 1 author
* plastic magazines - 1 messages, 1 author
TOPIC: single stream recycling and the new economy
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Date: Wed, Nov 26 2008 10:57 am
From: Helen Spiegelman
<we all need to get past
picking up the mess and get on with preventing the mess in the first
place. Two bin, three bin, single stream, landfills, incinerators,
gasification are all vehicles for dealing with the symptoms of the
irresponsible behaviors of citizens, corporations and the global
population. Lets all hope for a global depression, that'll stop waste in
You'll find the same message from David Korten, "Beyond the Bailout," YES
"... On the positive side, the financial crisis has put to rest the myths
that our economic institutions are sound and that markets work best when
deregulated. It creates an opportune moment for deep change...."
At 09:12 AM 11/26/2008, Ken McEntee - The Write Company wrote:
>Justin. I assume you were joking when you wrote:
>"Lets all hope for a global depression, that'll stop waste in its tracks."
>Justin Stockdale wrote:
>>I too have been watching this debate with great interest. Having spent
>>the better part of the last fifteen years in the dumpster I am convinced
>>that all recycling efforts offer little more than incentives to wasting.
>>We, as recyclers, give up our lives finding ways to excuse, or at best
>>accommodate, our community's consumptive behaviors. We are a reactive
>>industry, cleaning up the messes left behind by consumerism.
>>Single stream is just the most recent pandering to the whims of the
>>consumer...its more convenient for the customer and therefore must be
>>the preferred collection mechanism. Proponents talk about fewer job
>>related injuries (at the truck), collection efficiencies afforded by
>>automated trucks, increased tonnage based on convenience etc. The big
>>players in this industry, as Susan points out, are free from the
>>challenges presented by contamination and accept 30% (and higher)
>>residue rates as the norm. For these firms, single stream is cheaper,
>>clearly, or they would not promote it so vigorously. These are also the
>>firms who rely on export markets, where contamination is even less
>>important. My guess is these markets will be the last to rebound and
>>those that rely on them will be the hardest hit. I also foresee that
>>these market conditions will reignite the industry standard that
>>recycling is a financial loser and their existing efforts will begin to
>>contract or their fees will increase to cover the gap. Somebody has to
>>pay for the corporate jet, and if not the Asian markets, then Joe the
>>Plumber. The implications of the down market are not limited to the
>>little guys immediate financial woes, but will extend into the
>>"heartland" as the corporates shutter programs.
>>EPR is at least a preemptive tool to manage society's discards, but it
>>too ignores the root of the problem. Until we address the "regulatory"
>>subsidies to wasting, and deal with the reality that landfills are cheap
>>(even at $150/ton) relative to the permanent environmental damage they
>>cause let alone their potential to be every community's own Love Canal.
>>RCRA is our worst enemy. 30 year post closure care? Liner systems a few
>>millimeters thicker than a penny? HHW exemptions? These are not only
>>insults to the planet, they are direct subsidies for disposal. And as
>>long as waste is cheap and easy, it will be the preferred management
>>method for our discards.
>>While I admit to being less than optimistic, we all need to get past
>>picking up the mess and get on with preventing the mess in the first
>>place. Two bin, three bin, single stream, landfills, incinerators,
>>gasification are all vehicles for dealing with the symptoms of the
>>irresponsible behaviors of citizens, corporations and the global
>>Lets all hope for a global depression, that'll stop waste in its tracks.
>>Susan Hubbard wrote:
>>>With the greatest respect for Eric and Helen and all our recycling friends,
>>>Many producer responsibility advocates are recyclers so they may be busy
>>>trying to keep their recycling programs going in this dire economy. I know
>>>we are so it took us a bit to respond to this dialogue. We'd appreciate all
>>>your best thoughts for the future of recycling not just for us but for all
>>>the recyclers like us who are struggling right now.
>>>We have both served on NRC's board and don't know much about it now. We do
>>>know that NRC's board is loaded with single stream recyclers who continue
>>>to say that single stream is less expensive and this is a good time to go
>>>that way. We also know that every city in Minnesota that has gone to
>>>single stream has experienced higher rates. It is complete bogus. If it is
>>>cheaper then there is no savings passed on.
>>>Luckily we didn't go single stream and we can still move our materials in
>>>this market. We have gotten calls from other recyclers like ourselves in
>>>our area but that they have gone to single stream and are asking for our
>>>help as they are unable to even move the materials - let alone get paid. So
>>>is this proof that the feedback loop from the mill is working? No.
>>>This is the proof that what is theoretically possible and what is actually
>>>happening in single stream are eons apart. The largest recycler in the
>>>country is single stream and they have sway to land contracts with mills
>>>that include floor pricing. Their "quality" of materials sets the national
>>>price we all get for our recyclables. They continue to move their single
>>>stream materials. This is the real world of single stream recycling. The
>>>feedback loop only works with the small recyclers who are trying to compete
>>>with the giants by going to single stream - they get the feedback for poor
>>>quality at the mills. That was fine when the demand was high but not so much
>>>now as they are currently shut off.
>>>We aren't experts here - we have been recycling for a couple decades and we
>>>talk with our mills. Ironically the mills in our country are older and can't
>>>handle the dirtier paper so how do we support local mills - how do we keep
>>>paper and other raw materials in our country? For now we keep it super
>>>clean - not single stream. All of our material stays in North America. Our
>>>residual rate at our MRF is less than 1% and that includes glass bottle
>>>recycling into glass bottles not sand blasting medium or landfill cover. We
>>>educate our customers - our drivers leave what isn't recycled in the bin.
>>>They can see because it isn't in a big closed cart and our two stream
>>>materials are handled with respect in our trucks and at our facility. Not
>>>compacted to smithereens to "save money." Maybe this sounds arrogant but the
>>>idea at Eureka Recycling was to demonstrate that it could be done...waste
>>>could be prevented - environmentally sound, socially compassionate and
>>>Ideally..... our community deals with discards by buying less and in bulk or
>>>refillables. Then we purchase what is really recyclable not just swept off
>>>the curb and discarded later. We compost their food scraps at home as much
>>>as possible and then only what must be is actually driven off to a
>>>commercial composting facility. We use the compost we create in their garden
>>>or give it to our neighbor. The commercial compost goes to local farms. We
>>>buy products from producers that understand their responsibility for their
>>>manufactured goods. We support restaurants and businesses that do the same.
>>>We stop justifying short term fixes like dirty single stream and demand
>>>change - real change and we know that our vote - I meanour individual action
>>>actually does count.
>>>National minimum content standards are important so are partnerships. We are
>>>always looking for good partners.
>>>Susan Hubbard & Tim Brownell
>>>2828 Kennedy ST. NE
>>>Minneapolis, MN 55413
>>>Waste is Preventable Not Inevitable
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TOPIC: A "plastic paper" magazine?
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Date: Sun, Nov 30 2008 3:52 pm
From: "Kendall Christiansen"
Excerpt from newsletter that tracks the magazine industry; info/opinions
CLEAR, the fashion magazine with the clear cover, is going bimonthly and has
published a 100% tree free and fully recyclable issue (yes, even the cover).
It's printed on "synthetic papers" made by YUPO. Waterproof, stain
resistant, and durable, the paper is actually a category 5 polypropylene
plastic film and contains no timber or organic fiber of any kind. When
you're done reading it, simply toss it in the recycling with your empty
bottles of soda, per the manufacturer. But is recycling plastic better than
TOPIC: plastic magazines
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Date: Sun, Nov 30 2008 5:48 pm
From: "myna lee johnstone"
No! No! No!
Write to them Tell them its silly.
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