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[GreenYes] WORD SMITHS -- The Public Wants to Know...

Title: [GreenYes] WORD SMITHS -- The Public Wants to Know...

In a month I'll be in front a large, voracious, Green audience here in
DC, and there will be able opportunity for those gathered (could be
40, could be 400) to demand answers regarding:

a) What's the real story between those counties that advertise 1's and
2's and those (like DC) who now simply say: "Narrow-necked bottles".
As I understand it, there are incompatible additives (e.g. UV-
inhibitors, etc.) used in injection molding, vacuum forming and
extrusion which are not meaningful in air-blown manufacturing... I
could be wrong.

b) Why don't we (Wash, DC) recycle more plastics?  While I understand
that "it's a matter of supply, preparation, processing and markets,"
I would think that the "very latest technology" (being) installed at
our two local MRFs should be able to accommodate the separation of
yogurt cups, clam shells and/or aseptic containers.  I'm not sure I
buy (pun not intended) the fact that we can't market such things.

c) Are there any substantial markets for brown goods?  (e.g. toasters,
vacuums, blenders, etc.)

d) What's the reality of curbside glass recycling?  Is even 10% going
to "closed-loop" remanufacturing?

Lastly, does anyone know a good (online?) reference for Reuse/
Recycling Lifestyle advice?


Russell Klein
D.C. Department of Public Works

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