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RE: [greenyes] Recycling: specific questions
For a good source about any paper info, go to the website of
www.conservatre <>
It is a long-standing company/consultant addressing issues to recycling
paper, and working on nationwide policy to enhance the value of recycled
Hope this helps,
Heidi Feldman 
Public Education Coordinator 
Monterey Regional Waste Management District 
Tel.: 831/384-5313     FAX: 831/384-3567 

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-----Original Message-----
From: Demelza [mailto:Denay@no.address]
Sent: Monday, April 21, 2003 3:09 PM
To: greenyes@no.address
Subject: [greenyes] Recycling: specific questions


I have some general questions and a specific one.

I was employed (a CETA grant) for two years doing full line Recycling in the
community, schools, business etc. We did a special focus on educating people
about source separation of 'High Grade' paper. The idea was to get people to
only put 'clean' high grade into the collection bins. This means no
'Contaminants'; plastic, carbon paper,gummed labels. We also required
separation of white and colored papers. 

It has been awhile since I was doing this as an employee and now I am a
volunteer. The Standards have in some cases changed for different grades of
paper and source separation. 

I have not been able to find any specific information about high grade paper
recycling. The local sanitation company which is responsible for collection
of paper is pathetically ignorant about this subject and does not even have
an awareness of the difference between 'virgin fiber' and clay content,
glossy paper items. I am aware that there are regional differences in
collection and processing of 'paper' and this can add to the confusion of
requirements/standards in source separation ect. I live in Oregon so would
be most interested in information relevant to this area. Can you direct me
to an in-depth source of information which deals with specifics about this

My second question concerns plastic recycling. Again, there is as far as
specific information very little available. The local garbage companies know
virtually nothing about this topic so are useless as far as Source
Separation facts and specific types of plastic recycling requirements. 

I have been trying to find out if the translucent paper(it crackles) which
often encloses bread inside the plastic bag is a pure cellophane type
material or a plastic as far as Recycling category. Is it safe to burn or is
this yet another land-fill item? So far, I have been able to obtain no
relevant information.

I would be grateful for any information you can offer or direct me to about
these topics.

Thank you, Demelza Costa Sweet Home, OR


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