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Hi all,

I'm on the program committee for a recycling conference here in BC in June. I am wanting to organize a session that would provide businesses & organizations helpful advice on CHOOSING A RECYCLER.

How can you tell a bona-fide recycler from a fly-by-night?

EXAMPLE: our regional district was contacted by a woman wanting to collect cellphones as a fund-raiser for a charity. How should she go about deciding where to take the cellphones she collects?

EXAMPLE: a local company here in the Vancouver area has been spamming advertisements for a program that will "revive and resuscitate any 'dead' disposable (non-rechargeable) alkaline batteries, for later re-use". He has signed up several dozen progressive organizations (environment groups, local elected officials, and counter-cultural merchants) who take back dead batteries -- and then purchase "revived" batteries from this contractor for sale to their customers. How do these merchants/organizations know if this guy's process and business are legit?

I can see the relevance of Basel Action Network's "Pledge of True Stewardship" certification program (and I will be following up with Sarah and or Jim on this tomorrow) but I wonder if anyone else has thoughts about this.

The target audience for this session is NOT local governments (issuing RFPs for recycling contracts) but rather businesses that want to recycle their by-product as well as charities or community groups that want to help the community by providing a recycling service for some specific product.



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