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[GreenYes] Re: infrastructure and recycling


i agree. I think at least part of what is driving the WTE resurgence is that these are big projects backed by venture capital and other deep pockets.  Those folks want to ensure they get their return on investment, and push public policy to help them do so, regardless of the bigger picture issues.  Not so different than the issues with corn. 

Maybe we need some big, sexy, expensive black box - type recycling technology to get peoples' attention.



Amy Perlmutter
Perlmutter Associates
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Cambridge, MA 02138
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Strategic planning, partnership building, communications, and program design for a sustainable future





On Dec 15, 2008, at 11:10 PM, Doug Koplow wrote:

One thing the Obama "green" plan is likely to definitely have are very large new subsidies for conversion of biomass into energy.  My guess is that any benefit recycled materials get through higher demand for materials in construction projects will be far outweighed by a continued erosion of the relative competitiveness of recycling versus waste-to-energy technologies due to poorly thought out public policies.

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Amy Perlmutter <amy@no.address> 12/15/08 5:13 PM >>>
When Obama is sworn in, there is going to be a big stimulus package  
passed that will include two things: green jobs and infrastructure  
repair.  Recycled materials can probably be incorporated for many  
aspects of infrastructure repair- glass aggregate in road beds, tire  
shreds as light fill, compost for erosion control, recycled asphalt,  
maybe even bring back glassphalt or rubber modified asphalt, etc.

Does anyone know if anyone is thinking about  or advocating for this?   
And, if not, any ideas on who should and how to get them to? I would  
imagine there's a list out there somewhere of recycled highway  
products. I think things are going to be flying fast and furiously  
come the beginning of the year.  Any language to spec require recycled  
products should probably get moving now, maybe get some key  
legislators on the public works committee to run with this.

This seems like a great opportunity to boost local markets.

Amy


Amy Perlmutter
Perlmutter Associates
23 Avon Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-354-5456
Strategic planning, partnership building, communications, and program  
design for a sustainable future











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