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

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

Hello, Russell:

I just read a posting from Malaysia saying the government there has 
banned imported scrap plastics for five years, starting now.  The 
reason:  they don't want to be a destination for badly sorted plastic 
loads from other countries, like us.  This follows another posting 
last week from China saying they are adding a tariff to certain 
imported recyclables because of gross contamination.

Waste company's single-stream collection and dirty mrf technologies 
seem to be bumping up against the limits of tolerance even among 
countries with lots of low-paid labor.  I conclude from this that 
rigorous source separation is the only sustainable way to move 
reclaimed materials to markets.

Here in the US recyclers can sell clean color-sorted glass to eager 
markets, but not glass contaminated with ceramic bits.  Paper markets 
have revolted against "glitter pack," paper contaminated with broken 
glass caused by rough handling and inadequate quality control.

Recycling is a competitive disposal service.  Judicious disposal 
service pricing is the key to unlocking the resources from our 
discard supply, far superior to after-contamination separation 

Dan Knapp
Urban Ore, Inc.
A reuse and recycling company since 1980

On Sep 11, 2007, at 3:41 PM, RecycleBizCzar wrote:

> 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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