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[GreenYes] RE: Recycling contamination -- hot melt glue in Waste Age

Title: Re: Recycling contamination hot melt glue in Waste Age
Hi Patti ~
For information on recycling-compatible alternatives to hot-melt glue, I would recommend that you contact the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute and Carl Houtman at the US Forest Products Laboratory, who I am cc-ing on this note.
Thank you for paying attention to this issue and working to improve the recyclability of magazines
John Reindl, Chair
Council on Recycling
-----Original Message-----
From: Wolpin, Bill [mailto:bill.wolpin@no.address]
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 6:16 PM
To: Reindl, John; GreenYes@no.address
Cc: Patti Simpson (E-mail); Stephen Ursery; Chaz Miller
Subject: Re: Recycling contamination hot melt glue in Waste Age

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

Our rep at the printer has ask for our help in determining which adhesive or glues would be acceptable instead of hot melt glue. She is checking with her corporate headquarters, but in the meantime, please feel free to offer suggestions. Her email is Patti.Simpson@no.address


Bill Wolpin
Editorial Director/Associate Publisher
Penton Media
American City & County
Waste Age
6151 Powers Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30339
770 618 0112 (work)
913 514 3887 (fax)
404 542 2742 (cell)

On 12/28/07 11:25 AM, "Reindl, John" <Reindl@no.address> wrote:

Dear Green Yes List members ~

In the December  issue of Waste Age, there were two instances where recycling-incompatible hot melt glue were used -- both on the cover for the renewal form and on the inside, where a 12 month calendar was inserted.

As described in previous notes to this list and in the article in the May issue of Resource Recycling, these glues are a serious contaminant for paper recyclers, costing the industry an estimated $2 billion a year.

The use of these glues by Waste Age is especially disheartening, as not only  sent them two letters of their use of non-recycling compatible glues in their magazine and asking them to switch to formulations that are recycling compatible. Unfortunately, they responded to neither letter, and continue to use the contaminating material.

I hope that you will contact the firm and express your desire that they "Design for recycling" in their products. I have also cancelled my subscription to their magazine.

The magazine's web page is

Thanks and best wishes for 2008!

John Reindl, Chair
Wisconsin Council on Recycling


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