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Re: [greenyes] Sorting Organic Wastes?

I recently attended a lecture by Matthew Cotton.
I think he might be able to point you to specific information to answer your

Here is the bio they gave on him:

Matthew Cotton has over 16 years experience in developing and permitting
composting projects. Although the bulk of his experience is in permitting and
regulatory compliance; he has been involved in numerous aspects of compost
market development, from writing marketing plans for new facilities to
participating in regional compost use demonstration projects. Mr. Cotton also
provided technical services to the California Compost Quality Council, a
statewide compost market development organization. Mr. Cotton recently completed
a statewide survey of California's Compost and Mulch Producing Infrastructure
under contract to the CIWMB. Mr. Cotton serves on the Board of Directors of the
US Composting Council, and teaches the Manager of Composting Systems course for
the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

The contact info I have for him is:

Matthew Cotton
Integrated Waste Management Consulting
19375 Lake City Road
Nevada City, CA 95959
phone: 530-265-4560
fax: 530-265-4547

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From: "Keith Ripley" <vze3gxms@no.address>
To: "GRRN - GreenYes" <greenyes@no.address>
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2004 7:50 AM
Subject: [greenyes] Sorting Organic Wastes?

> Hi all.
> I'm curious. Anybody know of studies/data supporting or refuting the
> Dutch conclusion (see below) that sorting organics is a waste of time
> from the environmental point of view? Or practical experience (at
> municipal scale or larger) along those lines?
> Thanks,
> Keith
> Source: Milieu Magazine (Netherlands), June 2004
> > Waste Sorting Not Green Any More
> >
> > According to an as yet unpublished report from the Dutch Waste
> > Disposal Consultative Committee (AOO), sorting vegetable waste for
> > recycling is no longer green, and local authorities can stop requiring
> > it. The environmental advantages are far from clear – but how is the
> > news to be broken to consumers?
> >
> > The subject is certainly a difficult one. On 11 March, the AOO was
> > supposed to make a decision and recommend to the Secretary of State,
> > M. van Geel – who had specifically asked for it – to abandon the
> > collection of vegetable waste currently required by law.
> > Officially, local authorities “will have greater autonomy in the
> > collection of organic waste.”
> >
> > The participants in the AOO would like to present the issue in such a
> > way that local authorities, despite having less freedom to act, will
> > continue to process vegetable waste separately. The message is that
> > from the point of view of environmental health, collection and
> > incineration are no better or worse than separation and composting. So
> > a major publicity campaign aimed at consumers will be required –
> > otherwise they might think that sorting waste is unimportant or,
> > worse, that they have been wasting their time sorting waste for the
> > last ten years. The AOO expects that local authorities will continue
> > to collect sorted waste, purely for cost reasons as transporting this
> > waste to the incinerator is more expensive.
> > Info: t.hirdes@no.address; vaop@no.address; w.elsinga@no.address
> --
> Sr. Keith E. Ripley
> Temas Actuales LLC
> 6333 Beryl Road
> Alexandria, VA 22312-6304
> telefone: 703-813-6016
> telefax: 703-813-6017
> cel. 703-731-7108
> e-mail: keith.ripley@no.address
> Autor do livro "Solid Wastes and Recycling Policy in Latin America & the
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