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RE: [greenyes] Seattle Mayor Proposing Bans on Recyclables

Thanks for drawing out attention to two of the most significant current
events in the recycling world.  And while these two approaches may be
very different, I don't think they are necessarily exclusive of each
other.  In fact, I am quite excited by the Portola Valley approach and
would like to know a lot more about it.  The idea of creating more
widespread bans on landfilling would in fact just strengthen the
efficacy of the Portola Valley system.

There is one astounding element of the Portola Valley program that
caused me to chuckle, and I'd love to hear from Richard (if he's out
there on GreenYes) on this issue.  In order to preserve the ability to
charge the homeowner a "unit" rate for garbage, the system requires that
the yard trimmings be separated from the trash at the home, but then
when the collection truck arrives, the two streams are mixed together
for hauling.  There MUST be another way solve this PAYT dilemma, or, why
not just have a truck with three compartments instead of just two?

Love to hear what others think.  That article Karin sent on Portola
Valley really is worth reading, and my kudos go to Richard Gertman for
offering the world something new.  I like it, but I'll bet a lot of
folks on GreenYes won't.

Eric Lombardi
Executive Director
Eco-Cycle, Inc
Boulder, CO

-----Original Message-----
From: Karin Grobe [mailto:KGrobe@no.address] 
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 11:51 AM
To: 'Jenny Bagby'; greenyes@no.address
Subject: RE: [greenyes] Seattle Mayor Proposing Bans on Recyclables

Hooray for Seattle!  In sharp contract, Portola Valley has begun a
where all garbage and yard trimmings will be mixed together in a single 
truck compartment.  The whole enchilada will be processed to remove 
contaminants, coarse-shredded and composted.  Of course, the goal of
systems is to reduce landfilling.  Very different approaches.  Here is
article on Portola Valley's program.

-----Original Message-----
From:	Jenny Bagby [SMTP:Jenny.Bagby@no.address]
Sent:	Thursday, July 24, 2003 10:14 AM
To:	greenyes@no.address
Subject:	[greenyes] Seattle Mayor Proposing Bans on Recyclables

Still has to be approved by City Council.

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