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RE: [greenyes] Respose to Indy Recycling

Having minimum "recycling" rates is not a bad thing, by any means.
Unfortunately, however, "diversion" goals seem to replacing "recycling"
goals in many communities. Many cities, counties and towns are focused on
the amount of trash diverted, caring little about whether or not the
diverted materials are recycled. The move from source separation to
co-mingled collection and more recently to single stream collection of
"recyclables" has, as we all know, resulted in a drop in the quality of
scrap materials and thus a drop in the quantity of materials being recycled.
This may not be true for ALL materials, but is most certainly true for glass
bottles, aluminum cans and PET plastic bottles.

Patricia Franklin
Executive Director
Container Recycling Institute
EMAIL: pfranklin@no.address

-----Original Message-----
From: Providence College Recycling [mailto:pcrecycles@no.address]
Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2005 12:48 PM
To: Green Yes Listserv; RECYC-L College and University Recycling
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Subject: [greenyes] Respose to Indy Recycling

Looking through the web serve pages, I noticed a
posting 'talking' about how the city of Indianapolis
may delete their curbside recycling program for the
sake of budget cuts....the reason being that only
about 1/3 of the area household participate.

I can tell you that Rhode Island is approaching it's
budget problems is a completely converse manner. The
Governor here recently proposed a bill that would (if
passed) increase landfill fees from $32.00 to $41.34 a
ton, to any city and town that cannot prove that it
recycles 20% of it's solid waste.

The extra money goes to the RRRC, the state agency
that runs the state landfill.

[I'm sure our good Governor is planning to raid the
funds a-la modern social security for the past 25
years...but that's beside the point].

Speaking of lack of participation....the
municipalities that are lagging behind are those less
affluent communities (or so it is claimed) that do not
have resources to educate communities on the recycling

Another point that has been made...if landfills except
recycling for free, any recycling lowers landfill

Perhaps Indianapolis is approaching their problems the
wrong wonder our beloved Patriots always
seem to beat them in the big games, yes?

JM. Corrente
Providence College Recycling Office

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