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

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

Hi Dan

One man's waste is another man's treasure.  So, it is about time to
change the way we discard another man's treasure.  While in one
country, one is boycotting and protesting what they call waste
polluting the country, another is bringing hope to the destitute with
the pollutants.

In Malaysia, people are stealing garbage from bins when the "Cash for
Trash" programme started.  So, if there is a way to reward those who
discard properly and educate them that there are ways to make use of
the things they tend to discard, more care will be shown to "another
man's treasure".

You said you would like to see pictures of things I have created with
abandoned material.  So, go take a  peek and tell me and Russell if it
is a good "(online) reference for Reuse/Recycling Lifestyle advice".

Nancy thriving on another man's waste.

On Sep 13, 2:24 am, Dan Knapp <dr....@no.address> wrote:
> 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
> machinery.
> 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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