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April 3, 2012

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Major Players in NM Recycling and Organics Fields Retire

Steve Glass and Marlene Feuer Will Stay Involved

Steve Glass, a long time friend and advocate of organics recycling, retired from public service in November 2011. The long list of his achievements includes developing the composting program for the City of Albuquerque at the Soil Amendment Facility, Commissioner at NM Water Quality Control Commission, Chairman at Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District, and Water Resources Planner at Bernalillo County Public Works Division. Throughout his career, Mr. Glass has worked to educate both the public and private sectors of the importance of handling organics correctly and responsibly.  Mr. Glass is a co-founder and past-chairman of the New Mexico Organics Recycling Organization (NMORO); an organization whose mission is to enhance the responsible management of organic wastes through composting, mulching, biomass fuels and biogas production. His work through NMORO led to the development of a statewide adoption by the NM Department of Transportation of specifications for use of mulch on roadsides. He now spends his time sharing his expertise with students at CNM, riding his bike and testing the “quality compliance” of local brew pubs. NMRC and NMORO wish Steve good luck in his future endeavors. -Written by Walter Dods, NMORO Chair

On left, Steve Glass demonstrates the wonders of compost at a Compost Certification Course. And on right, in 2007, then NMRC Board President O. Paul Gallegos presents Marlene Feuer with Recycler of the Year.

Marlene Feuer has worked in the solid waste industry for 30-plus years and has become a self-admitted "recycler at heart". She was recognized by NMRC in 2007 as NMRC's Recycler of the Year and was named with the NMRC E. Gifford Stack Lifetime Achievement award presented last June 2011. She retired on March 30th, but plans to stay on as a part-time consultant to Waste Management. Professionally, she has worked to bring recycling services around the state as the Waste Management Government & Public Affairs Manager. Working directly with communities such as Ranchos de Albuquerque, the Town of Bernalillo, Bernalillo County, Farmington, Hobbs, Rio Rancho and several smaller subdivisions to ensure they receive excellent curbside and drop-off recycling collection services. She provides assistance to five solid waste hauling divisions and three Sub-title D sanitary landfills in New Mexico.  She oversees the contractual compliance of more than forty local government contracts. And she served as a NMRC board member for as many terms as allowed - 6 dedicated years from 2002-2008!

Marlene and Steve - Thanks for the years of service and dedication!! We have all benefitted from your expertise, kindness and guidance over the years and our field is the better for it!

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Las Vegas and San Miguel County Partner to Open New Spoke Drop-Off Location

March 30 – At an opening event at the Las Vegas Recreation Center, representatives from both the county and city were on hand to celebrate the opening of a public drop-off center last Friday. Partial funding for equipment at the site came from San Miguel County's spoke grant from NMRC and the remainder was funded by the City of Las Vegas. In attendance, included both the city and county managers, several elected local and county officials, the city public works director, as well solid waste staff, interested citizens and NMRC.

The new drop-off site is one of 6 new locations planned for the San Miguel County region. Four sites will open in the next month in San Miguel County and another drop-off site is planned for urban Las Vegas as well. The City is looking forward to upgrading their recycling processing facility with a new horizontal baler and conveying system and a loading dock funded by NMRC's recent Hub Improvement and Spoke grant.

From left, Alvin Jiron and Lucas Marquez with the City of Las Vegas Solid Waste Department speak about the new spoke recycling site. On the right, San Miguel County representatives include Harold Garcia, Solid Waste Supervisor, Les Montoya, County Manager and Commissioner Nicolas Leger.

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$168 Million Buried in NM Landfills

March 5 – In 2010, New Mexicans buried $168 million worth of valuable material in landfills instead of recycling it. A new report released by the New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) details the cost to send materials to the landfill, as well as the missed value of materials that could have been diverted for recycling.

The study found that, based on 29 reporting landfills in the state, the average cost to dispose of solid waste materials is $31.29 per ton. Using that average rate, it is estimated New Mexicans spent $51 million to bury $168 million worth of recyclable material.  According to Biocycle, a national publication that analyzes landfill rates, the national average cost to throw away trash at a landfill is $44.09/ton.

New Mexicans recycled 200,000 tons in 2010, the year of the report’s analysis, with an estimated market value of $25 million.

The report was conducted as part of NMRC’s multi-tiered Rural Recycling Development project funded by a grant from the Department of Energy. The information sheds light on the economics of solid waste in the state and recommends solutions to increase diversion. The primary recommendation offered to increase diversion is for communities to use rate incentives, such as setting lower rates for recyclable materials at landfills and to institute a solid waste rate structure known as Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT). More than 7,000 communities around the nation use PAYT, which works much like utility or water billing. A household or citizen pays for how much they use or in this case, how much they throw away.

On average, when a community adopts the PAYT model, they dispose of 45% less solid waste. This is due to the increased amount of materials recycled and also to increased source reduction, a phrase used to describe less waste generated in the first place. General benefits of PAYT include increased material diversion, revenues from recycled material sales, jobs created in the recycling processing and re-manufacture stream, and increased landfill life.

“New Mexico has a huge potential to reap more value from its waste stream. Using an economic incentive structure such as Pay-As-You-Throw, citizens will readily recycle more and purchase more carefully if that means a lower trash bill,” explains English Bird, NMRC Executive Director. “The critical component for that community is to have easy and convenient recycling options available.”

Silver City is currently the only community with a PAYT program in New Mexico. It is NMRC’s goal to see several more communities pilot the program in the next year with more to follow in future years.

Click here to view the full report

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City of Albuquerque Recycling Program Expands

Albuquerque Journal, March 31 - The city of Albuquerque’s Solid Waste Management Department has officially begun to distribute recycling carts to more city residents.

Mayor Richard J. Berry and Solid Waste officials made the announcement Thursday, saying “a recent agreement with Friedman Recycling helped to make automated, cart-based, curbside residential recycling a reality,” according to a news release.

Solid Waste started distributing 21,000 carts on March 12, with the distribution of the 96-gallon carts expected to have been competed this week.

“A major objective of the newly formed partnership with Friedman is to increase Albuquerque’s diversion rate from approximately 6 percent to an estimated 25 percent,” the news release states.

“This is a huge step in the right direction; essentially, it’s one of many smart ways our city is going green,” Mayor Richard J. Berry said in a statement. “Today I am proud to inform the citizens of our great city that our new residential recycling program will be one of the top programs in the nation.”

A citywide cart distribution is scheduled to begin in January.

“We are very excited about this new recycling program,” Jill Holbert, acting director of Solid Waste, is quoted saying. “Not only will residents have the opportunity to recycle more items than ever before, we will make it easier by providing them with a blue cart.”

For more information about ABQ Recycles, call 311, TTY 711 or visit www.cabq.gov/solidwaste.

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Groups Promote Recycling - Bernalillo County and Waste Management Team Up to Encourage More Recycling in South Valley

By Elaine D. Briseno, Albuquerque Journal, March 10 - Bernalillo County and Waste Management Inc. have teamed up to encourage more recycling in the South Valley, which would reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill. 

County Commissioner Art De La Cruz said he was contacted by the South Valley Economic Development Center, which wanted to start recycling. The center provides a commercial kitchen for new small business owners and wants to recycle the waste generated. 

“So I said ‘That’s a great idea. Let’s go ahead and do that at the community centers,’” he said. There will be no cost to the county. 

Waste Management has placed commercial recycling bins at the economic development center on Isleta and at Mountain View, Los Padillas and Westside community centers. De La Cruz said the county is also working to place one at the Metropolitan Detention Center. Each location will now be able to recycle cardboard, paper, aluminum, magazines, tin and plastic. 

Marlene Feuer, spokeswoman for Waste Management, said the move may encourage more people to take advantage of the company’s free recycling program provided to customers. Feuer said all customers have to do is call and request a recycling bin, which is set out alongside the regular trash bin. 

Waste Management provides trash pickup service for Rio Rancho and unincorporated parts of Bernalillo County. On average, she said 50 percent of customers use the recycling program. But the figure for the South Valley is 17.5 percent. Of the area’s 1,311 residential customers, only 229 participate in the recycling program.

“I think we need to do more education in that area for those residents,” she said. “We also need to be aware of the language and cultural differences when presenting our message.” 

Waste Management sent 1,600 fliers in English and Spanish home with Rio Grande High students late last year. Often, children and teens are more aware of environmental issues than older generations, Feuer said. 

“They influence their parents,” she said. “They are more aware of things like recycling.”

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2012 Conference - Recycling: NM's Expanding Landscape

Every other year, NMRC hosts the NM Recycling Conference complete with keynote speakers, facility tours, break-out sessions, recycling awards and exhibitors. The 2012 conference will take place on June 19-20 at the Hotel Albuquerque near Old Town Albuquerque. Tours are scheduled for June 18th.

Register today at: www.recyclenewmexico.com/conference12.htm

Keynote Speakers
We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers:

  • Pat DeRueda, Waste Management, "Garbage In, Not Garbage Out": This keynote will cover the variety of ways Waste Management aims to recycle, compost, mine and reclaim solid waste in order to gain value from this material.
  • Stefan Pollard, PhD, Trem-Wel Energy and Sustainability, Arkansas: Dr. Pollard conducted his Ph.D. thesis on how to inspire multi-family residents to recycle and recycle well. He will share best practices to get any audience wanting to take part in your recycling program.
  • Jerry Powell, Resource Recycling Publisher: Jerry is one of the foremost experts on what is happening around the nation and world with recycling programs. He brings this knowledge to share the secrets of succesful programs from around the US.

Break Out Sessions

Tuesday, June 19
Breakout 1
PAYT: Using Solid Waste Structures to Increase Recycling
Collecting Quality Materials at Drop-Off Locations
Youth Recycling/Engagement Programs
 
Breakout 2
Creating Jobs and Small Businesses Through Recycling
Tribal Recycling And Beyond
Outstanding Recycling Programs from the US - Fit for NM!
 
Wednesday, June 20
Breakout 3
Market Development for Organics
Using Tire Products for Local Paving Projects
Marketing Trends
 
Breakout 4
The Cost and Value of Recycling Programs
Local Use of Glass
Creating Effective Outreach Materials and Getting the Word Out

Tours
Be sure to plan to attend one of our tours on Monday, June 18th:

Bio-Pappel ABQ MRF and Prewitt Cardboard Re-Manufacturing Mill (Full Day)
Albuquerque Academy, Corralles, Sandoval County (Leaves at 12:30)
Torrance County Hub & Spoke Tour (Leaves at 12:30)

Register & learn more at: www.recyclenewmexico.com/conference12.htm

Thank you to our Sponsors:

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Las Cruces Celebrates One Year of Curbside Recycling

It has been one year since curbside recycling became available to Las Cruces residents... and just-released numbers show the every-other-week pickup has propelled the region's recycling tonnage to new heights: almost 8,000 tons recycled during the past 12 months, including: curbside, commercial, drop-off, electronics, and scrap metal.  (The exact number is 7,938.73 tons of recyclables collected from April 1 2011 through March 31, 2012.)

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“This is the largest amount of recyclables collected in Doña Ana County ever,” explains Patrick Peck, Director of the South Central Solid Waste Authority.

Over the past year, more than 4400 tons of recyclables were gathered solely through curbside recycling. That represents a 15% drop in residential solid waste (trash) going to Corralitos Landfill.

Regional recycling has been on the rise for the past 3 years:  in 2009, 2,400 tons of recyclable items were collected from city and county residents. With single stream recycling, our numbers jumped to 3,800 tons in 2010. Today, thanks to curbside recycling, we've more than doubled regional recycling, hitting almost 8,000 tons of plastics, paper, cardboard, electronics, and metals being moved through the recycling stream, instead of being thrown away.

“First we had basic recycling drop off sites, then single stream recycling expanded our list of recyclables and boosted our numbers tremendously. Now that curbside recycling is up and running, the numbers keep going up,” explains Peck.

 

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2012 Certification Course Schedule

The New Mexico Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau and NMRC have announced the schedule for the 2012 Recycling and Compost Certification Courses. You may now register for these classes.

Certification Course

Date

Location

Compost Facility Operator

April 24-26

Albuquerque

October 2-4

Ruidoso

Recycling Facility Operator'

May 22-24

Taos

Dec 4-5

Truth or Consequences

 

Register online at http://www.recyclenewmexico.com/cert_classes.htm

 

NMRC is utilizing a new online registration service that allows you to select payment type to include check, PO and credit card.

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NMED Accepting 2012 RAID Grants - Due April 6

The annual Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) grant announcement has been released from the New Mexico Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau. Grant applications for both the tire portion and the non-tire (recycling and illegal dumping projects) will be accepted until April 6, 2012. There is approximately $200,000 available for the non-tire portion RAID grants and $400,000 for tire grants.

Illegal Dumping Priorities as Outlined in the Grant Guidelines:
--Innovative solutions and partnerships for prevention programs and educational projects to change the cultural mindset.
--Research and development for illegal dumping prevention strategies.
--Eliminating or reducing in amount, degree, or intensity illegal dumping sites with priority given to those in close proximity to arroyos, stream or rivers will be given priority.
--Encourage creative reuse of sites to change the historic use of an illegal dumping site.
--Surveillance equipment and support of enforcement programs, including training of judicial staff, law enforcement and others.

Recycling Priorities as Outlined in the Grant Guidelines:
--Innovative solutions and partnerships for diversion programs and educational and outreach projects to change the cultural mindset that will increase access to and acceptance of recycling. Pilot collection projects in schools and commercial venues are of particular interest.
--Research and development for recycling programs, education, infrastructure and other capital equipment for recycling, recycling processing equipment, field trials, and/or market development activities.
--Support hub and spoke in rural areas.
--Creative solutions to hard to manage materials, such as construction/asphalt materials and organics

Tire Grant Priorities as Outlined in the Grant Guidelines:
--Abate illegal tire dumps and stockpiles
--Tire amnesty days
--Purchase of tire derived products (e.g., ground rubber for playgrounds)
--Construction of tire bale projects
--Design of tire bale monofill
--Education, transportation, and other tire recycling projects.

Grant applications and further information about the grant program can be found at: http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/swb/GrantandLoanPrograms.htm

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Holloman AFB Recycling Program Recognized

By Jeff Landenberger, Holloman AFB Public Affairs- A Holman Air Force base civilian has turned to DLA Disposition Services for help with recycling at the base and generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue while saving thousands of dollars in disposal costs for recyclables. Ramón Acevedo-Cruz is the base pollution prevention manager for Holloman Air Force Base. He recently thanked the team at DLA Disposition Services at Holloman for their support.

Recycling at Holloman has gone “from an anemic enterprise to a successful process,” Acevedo-Cruz wrote as he thanked people for helping turn the base recycling program around. It was a big turnaround. In 2009 revenue from recycling was just over $30,000, Acevedo-Cruz said. “Key personnel left the base,” he said, “and I noticed a significant drop in revenues. “

So he reached out to Mark Philips, an environmental protection specialist with DLA Disposition Services at Holloman. Working together the two got things moving and in 2011 the recycling jumped to $127,000. That is an increase of $97,000 in just two years.

Now, Philips said, “the base recycles paper, aluminum cans, cardboard, and wooden pallets. “ But, he added, most of the money the base is making is “generated through DLA Holloman Disposition Services through the collection and recycling of used oil, lead acid batteries, and scrap metal.” Phillips cited batteries as an example of the double savings from recycling. “I have 58,000 pounds of recyclable batteries out for bid on the DLA sales website,” he said, and “proceeds from the sale of the batteries will be deposited into the base recycling program account. That’s money made, but Phillips points out that compared with traditional disposal methods, the “added benefit is that the base will also save $14, 500 in disposal costs.”

Acevedo-Cruz sees a bigger gain in the current fiscal year. At the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, he said. The base earned over $71,000. In just one quarter. In just three years the base has gone from $30,000 for a year to $71,000 for just one quarter of a year.

Now those are metrics.

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Governor Martinez Signs Legislation to Curb Metals Theft

By Megan Kamerick, NM Business Weekly, March 5 - Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation over the weekend to strengthen existing laws targeting the theft and sale of illegal secondhand metals.

House Bill 118 and Senate Bill 67 were the result of collaborations among metal recyclers and dealers, as well as companies such as CenturyLink that have been victims of metal theft, legislators and the Regulation and Licensing Department. An earlier law, the Sale of Recycled Metals Act, was passed three years ago to deal with rampant metal theft, which has cost companies millions and damaged infrastructure around the state. Some critics have said it has been ineffective, and some in the metal recycling community have said tougher penalties should focus on thieves, not legitimate businesses like theirs.

Only about 7.5 percent of the metal recyclers around the state are complying with a voluntary system created by that earlier law to report transactions involving regulated metals. About $1 million worth of metals is stolen in New Mexico each month, according to a news release from Martinez’s office. The new law will require all recycled metal dealers to register with Regulation and Licensing and report all transactions electronically into a database created and managed by the state. That database will be accessible by law enforcement agencies to monitor the purchase and sale of stolen materials. Many of the transactions would require documentation that the individual selling metal to a dealer is the rightful owner of the materials.

Law enforcement would also be able to put a hold on suspected stolen or illegal property for up to five days or until the property is seized.

The original bills had an appropriation of $300,000 as a one-time expense to build the database, but that was stripped out of the legislation in the committee process and $100,000 was added to the budget for that purpose. Gov. Martinez signed the bill with that appropriation intact, said Scott Darnell, spokesman for Martinez. According to a fiscal analysis of the two bills by the Legislative Finance Committee, once the database is up and running, there will be an annual software maintenance cost of $50,000 per year. Part of that $50,000 is to be funded by a $25 registration fee for secondhand metal dealers. With about 700 to 1200 dealers in the state, the LFC estimates this fee will bring in revenues of between $17,500 and $30,000 in fiscal year 2013, thus the Regulation and Licensing Department’s general fund base will need to increase by $20,000 to $32,500 in 2013 to fund the maintenance.

http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2012/03/05/gov-martinez-signs-legislation-to.html?page=all

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Recycled Car Part Art

These items below were all fabricated from junked 1950 and 1960 automobile
parts by a gentleman in Australia,
James Corbett, using remnants
of cars from the '50s and '60s.

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Aluminum Impurity is a Big Issue for Companies

By Shawn Wright | WRN reporter

March 29, Waste and Recycling News -- As aluminum recycling continues to expand, so could the impurities and contamination that are found in scrap material unless measures are taken to prevent it, according to a recent study.

Conducted by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), "Improving Aluminum Recycling: A Survey of Sorting and Impurity Removal Technologies" has been well-received by the industry.

"We think [it] is a great study," said Charles Johnson, vice president of environment, health and safety for the Aluminum Association. "One [thing] we would not say you can take from the study is that there is some kind of endpoint in the future in which there will be impurity levels in the scrap stream that will make it impossible or too costly to reclaim metal. We just don´t foresee that endpoint out there in the future."

The study found that problems could arise as impurities build up when aluminum is recycled repeatedly, with everything from paint and labels on cans to other metals that are mixed in being the culprits.

"I think that the aluminum industry is very innovative," Randolph Kirchain, researcher at MIT´s Material Systems Laboratory, wrote in an email interview. "As such, I believe that they are more than capable of developing the technologies needed to maintain and expand aluminum recycling."

The economic climate has made it difficult to invest in technology development, Kirchain continued, but it is critical that investment continues so that the industry can remain a leader in resource recovery.

In the study, the researchers detailed processes involved in aluminum recycling, providing an overview of expanding technologies available at both the industrial and lab scales to improve aluminum purity and facilitate recycling.

"The interesting part of the [study] is that a lot of those technologies have been around for a while," said Gabrielle Gaustad, one of the study´s researchers and assistant professor for RIT´s Golisano Institute of Sustainability. "And the reason we really kind of want to revisit a lot of those technologies is to say, ‘OK, things are changing in that sector. We definitely see that we´re going to be moving toward these technologies.´ "

Impurity of melted aluminum is an issue that is dealt with through operational practices and technologies, Johnson said.

There are many techniques available to reduce impurities, ranging from extensions of those already used in the separation of aluminum from raw ore to those used to separate materials in the recycling stream.

"The article is not a warning," Johnson said, "but an industry study necessary to maintain open communications about the best practices in the industry."

So far, the study found, operators of aluminum smelting plants have been able to accommodate variations in quality. But if material comes in that´s more contaminated, it will be diverted toward more forgiving applications such as automotive parts and engine blocks. The cleanest material is reserved for the most specialized applications, such as aerospace materials or electronic circuits.

"Down-cycling," where materials are recycled into lower value products, is a common method of dealing with contaminated secondary materials, the study found. It enables higher usage of recycled materials, but negatively effects recycling economics.

"At the end of the day what the Aluminum Association is most interested in is bringing back as much recycled aluminum as possible," Johnson said. "So, we think this is great information to help us do that in the future."

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NM Finance Authority Approves Millions In Projects - Including Funds for Friedman Recycling Albuquerque Facility

By Megan Kamerick, NM Business Weekly, March 28 - The New Mexico Finance Authority’s board of directors approved the sale of $24.3 million in bonds and the funding of $38 million for 17 projects around the state.

The $38 million is for five key Finance Authority programs, including the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, the Public Project Revolving Fund, and New Markets Tax Credits. Funding is provided through low-interest loans with terms ranging from five to 20 years.

The $24.3 million Series 2012A Public Project Revolving Fund bonds will be used to finance educational facilities and equipment for Western New Mexico University and projects in the city of Farmington.

Under the New Markets Tax Credit Program, the board approved $15 million to Friedman Recycling Inc. in Bernalillo County for a recycling plant and $7 million to Blue Sky Energy in Taos for a solar project. New Markets Tax Credits were created in 2000 to spur new or increased investment in businesses and real estate projects in low-income communities.

Other projects funded by the Finance Authority were: $366,630 to replace 3,000 water meters in Socorro; $6.75 million for computer technology and software for the city of Farmington Municipal School District; $2.4 million for wastewater infrastructure at Tesuque Pueblo; $1 million for school improvements at the Pojoaque Valley Public School District; $10,759 for a narcotics detection dog and equipment to establish a police canine unit in the town of Vaughn; and $477,456 for a fire pumper and tanker for the De Baca County Valley Volunteer Fire District.

http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2012/03/28/nm-finance-authority-approves-millions.html

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Waste Management Named to Ethisphere's 2012 World's Most Ethical Companies

Waste Management (NYSE: WM) has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the leading business ethics think-tank, as one of the 2012 Worlds Most Ethical (WME) Companies. This is the fifth year the company has been honored for promoting the highest of ethical standards.

Out of a record number of nominations for the award, WM secured a spot on the list by implementing and maintaining business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to the company’s success, benefit the community and raise the bar for ethical standards within the industry.

"It is an honor to be recognized by Ethisphere for our strong corporate culture that values ethics, diversity and sustainability," said David Steiner, chief executive officer and president of WM. " As an industry leader we strive to operate in a way that contributes to the success of our business and the communities we serve. I believe it is our responsibility to make positive change for the environment and for society."

This is the sixth year Ethisphere has published the WME rankings. Ethisphere reviewed hundreds of companies and evaluated a record number of applications utilizing its propriety methodology through in-depth research and multi-step analysis, naming the companies that surpassed their industry peers to this year s World s Most Ethical Companies list. The 2012 list features companies in more than three dozen industries, including 40 companies headquartered outside the United States. The methodology for the WME ranking includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.

"A strong ethical foundation is a competitive advantage, and WM recognizes the important role corporate responsibility plays in improving its bottom line," said Alex Brigham, executive director of the Ethisphere Institute. "As more and more organizations strive for this honor each year, WM s inclusion as a World s Most Ethical Company for 2012 demonstrates its industry-leading commitment to ethics and dedication to integrity."

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Earth Day Events

Albuquerque: Recycled Art Fair, April 21 http://www.cabq.gov/openspace/RecycleArtFair.html

The City of Albuquerque is celebrating its annual Spring Clean-ups with the Fourth Annual Recycled Art Fair.  Please join us to see how this amazing art form is evolving and becoming a sustainable alternative for “shopping at the mall.”  Recycled Art, also known as Upcycle Art, has been of immense diversity in our four years’ experience.  There are artists who have used discarded materials for years and achieved wide acclaim but are not known for the source material, those who repurpose into creations that have no resemblance to the original material and those who make us clever, useful objects to make our daily life easier and prettier.  This immense diversity led to our decision to divide the show into the Juried Art Exhibit and the Recycled Art Fair with sales booths.  We have also added a “sustainable business” component that has slightly different criteria from the art submissions.  If you have a sustainable business you would like to promote, please tell us what you do and we will find a place for you.

Las Vegas: Las Vegas will host an Earth Day event on April 19th at our local U.S. Forestry Department on 7th Street from 8-2. The event is set up for over 200 local school children k-5. The Event has several different booths set up to teach/educate the students from saving water, saving energy, reducing waste, the importance of planting trees, Keep Las Vegas Beautiful's Recycling Relay Race and to top it off we will have "Oz" the Alien accompanying Miss 2011 San Miguel County. 

Rio Rancho: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 10am to 12noon Esther Bone Library 950 Pinetree Road Southeast  Rio Rancho, NM 87124 Join Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful, Rio Rancho Water Conservation, and the Esther Bone Library as we celebrate Earth Day!  Also on site will be a Waste Management Recycling Truck, the Corrales Tractor Club, RR Police Department, SSCAFCA, a skit will be performed by Kevin "The Recycle Man", and Dilly Bars will be offered by Otero's Dairy Queen to the first 125 residents that attend the celebration.

Santa Fe: On Thursday 4/19 and 4/21 - BuRRT will be giving public tours of the recycling facility all day. Keep Santa Fe Beautiful and the Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency will host Earth Day Event at Genoveva Chavez Community Center on 4/22. At the Santa Fe Community College, Earth Week will be hosted 4/23-4/27 with live dancers, music, fire shows, movies, and educational proponents on recycling, composting, water, and energy

Silver City: Earth Day and Electronic Waste Recycling, 21 April 10AM – 2PM
Numerous environmental and service organizations will gather in Gough Park with informational and interactive displays for the annual Earth Day celebration from 10-2. Several vendors will be selling native plants and annual bedding plants. Entertainment and food will also be available.
The third  annual electronic waste collection event will be held at the same time in the parking lot just South of Gough Park, enter on 11th Street. All computer equipment and other electronic items can be recycled at this event. A small donation will be asked for cathode ray tube (CRT) type monitors and for TV’s because they have a large amount of lead in them making them more expensive to recycle. Southwest Solid Waste Authority will also be on hand to collect recycling acceptable in the single stream recycling program. This includes most paper products, tin and aluminum cans, glass and plastic. Sponsored by: Gila Resources Information Project and the Town of Silver City

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2012 Green Cup Challenge

Every year Americans generate 250 million tons of trash -- enough to fill a line of garbage trucks that would stretch from the Earth halfway to the moon.

Studies have shown that at least 75% of our garbage could be recycled and composted; San Francisco has achieved a 77% recycling rate, the highest of any U.S. city. But our national recycling rate currently stands at 34%. We can, and must, do better. U.S. schools are not only leading the nation in energy efficiency, they are implementing model recycling programs.

On April 2nd, thousands of students, in schools from Connecticut to California, will aim to "recycle right" for four weeks during the 2012 Green Cup Recycle Challenge, a student-driven recycling competition for K-12 schools sponsored by the non-profit Green Schools Alliance (GSA). During the Challenge, schools compete to improve recycling compliance, decrease contamination, raise awareness about consumption, and celebrate waste reduction.

For complete story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/veronique-pittman/national-2012-green-cup-r_b_1377309.html

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Pay-As-You-Throw Vignettes From Around the Nation

In an ongoing, multi-year effort to educate New Mexico communities about the benefits of Pay-As-You-Throw, NMRC will provide information in Scraps and the listserve with case study vignettes of successful programs.

NMRC is able to provide technical assistance to any eligible community under their Department of Energy grant to design a PAYT program, develop rate study analysis and provide guidance on the steps needed to design and launch a program. This service is available through August of 2013, so please take advantage of the service while it is available!

Contact English Bird at english@recyclenewmexico.com today if interested in providing free technical assistance.

Duluth, Minnesota: Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD), based in Duluth, covers a 530 square mile area in northeastern Minnesota and has a successful and unique Pay As You Throw [PAYT] program . The area is comprised of incorporated and unincorporated areas. WLSSD provides a variety of services from recycling shed sites to organic food compost drops. WLSSD does not pick up trash or recycling but works in conjunction with local haulers and municipalities. Residents within service areas call local haulers and contract for service. WLSSD has a Solid Waste Management Fee, which is built into the haulers cost. The fee is unit-based cost to encourage residents to choose a smaller container. The fee is used to cover a variety of programs.

Specific municipalities (more populated areas) incentivize customers further by mandating that the hauler include free recycling pick up as well. The cost of recycling is built into the overall unit cost for the container. WLSD does not set the rates but the system is set up to encourage the customer to choose the smaller container. Homes that are not located within the service area can bring their waste materials to community recycling centers some, but not all, of the centers are pay as you go for disposal.  This modified PAYT program has created a bridge for meeting the needs of haulers, in rural and populated areas and has achieved a 45% diversion rate. 

One of the services provided by WLSSD is curbside collection of yard trimmings, and the district maintains residential food waste drop-off sites for residents to use. The sites are hosted by local businesses: hardware store, restaurant, even an Inn. It’s a way for the business to get traffic and free advertising.   WLSD purchases compostable bags and provides them free to residents. This helps reduce contamination in the compost, but it also keeps the host sites for drop-off bins cleaner.  Cases of the compostable bags are given to the host business, and when residents drop off a bag of food waste, they go into the business or recycling center and ask for another bag. The program covers Duluth and surrounding areas. Drop site brochure can be found at http://www.wlssd.duluth.mn.us/documents/SWMFFactSheet10.pdf
http://www.wlssd.duluth.mn.us/about.php

For more information about PAYT in New Mexico go to: www.recyclenewmexico.com/payt.htm

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New Organization Advocating for US Producer Responsibility Laws

By Mike Verespej, Plastic News, March 26 -- With seed money from Nestle Waters North America, a former Minnesota legislator and recycling association director has formed a non-profit organization with the mission of advocating extended producer responsibility on the state level.

“We need to begin the discussion because it is a new concept in the United States and represents a cultural change,” said Paul Gardner, executive director of Recycling Reinvented. “I haven’t found anyone who doesn’t say that we need more stuff. The question is how you do it.”

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) started 20 years ago as a solution to landfill problems in Europe. Today more than 30 European countries have some type of EPR packaging law, and the concept has been gaining momentum in Canada the past six years.

In the United States, EPR has been mostly focused on electronic goods — 25 states now have some type of e-waste take-back program.

In most EPR programs, governments set parameters for waste diversion, recycling, or both. But specifics of how to achieve those objectives are determined by the companies that are part of the supply chain for the product, or packaging that needs to be recovered at the end of its life.

In December, the San Francisco-based non-profit Future 500 started a dialogue on EPR legislation with 30 companies, trade associations and non-governmental organizations. Gardner, in a March 23 phone interview, said an initial draft piece of EPR legislation was recently sent to those participants.

“We are reviewing the comments we received and are now developing a new draft,” said Gardner who said he plans to put that revised EPR draft legislation on the organization’s website, www.recycling-reinvented.org, when it is up and running sometime next month.

“Over the next quarter, we want to continue to talk to people from all sectors”—brand owners, packaging manufacturers, processors, material recovery facilities, haulers, labor, and local and state governments, Gardner said. “We want to find out who is really interested in moving this forward. It is a challenge because [it impacts] the core business of selling and moving your product” and incorporates another cost into that structure.

The next EPR dialogue, working again with Future 500, is slated for this June, said Gardner, who was executive director of the Recycling Association of Minnesota from 1997 to 2006, and then served two terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

At the Plastics Recycling conference, held March 19-21 in Atlanta, Gardner said his goal is to get buy-in from interested parties and to introduce EPR legislation in four to six non-bottle bill states in 2014.

“We want to move something forward next year,” he said.

Shoreview, Minn.-based Recycling Reinvented, which has Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on its board of directors, was incorporated in January with a mission of advocating EPR as a way to improve recycling rates of packaging and printed material.

To date, there has been mixed reaction to the concept of advancing EPR, Gardner said.

“Some hate it. Others see it as a cost that will be necessary going forward. Still more fear that the government will screw [EPR] up,” Gardner said. “Not everyone within each industry and not everyone within each company are on the same page. Some see it as a great opportunity. Others aren’t sure they like it.”

Still, Gardner said that he believes that some companies “will take a leap” of faith and support EPR. And he said that some organizations have said “we’ll go with whatever you can pass” because they want more material. “The plastics recycling industry is watching with interest because, for the most part, they want anything that will get them more material.”

Nestle’s involvement in Recycling Reinvented reflects the continued commitment of president and CEO Kim Jeffery to advancing recycling.

The Stamford, Conn., company has a stated corporate objective of achieving a 60 percent recycling rate of all PET beverage bottles in the United States by 2018. Nestle has further committed to purchasing 33 percent of the output of the new CarbonLite food-grade PET recycling plant in Riverside, Calif.  Jeffery said the company's bottling plant in nearby Cabazon, Calif., will use that recycled food-grade PET to make the bottles for its Arrowhead brand of spring water from 50 percent recycled PET. Previously, those bottles had no recycled content.

In addition, Nestle participates in the nearly two-year away-from-home recycling initiative in the Canadian province of Manitoba that is placing thousands of recycling bins in Winnipeg city parks, arenas, recreation centers, public buildings and other high-traffic areas.

That program is funded by a 2-cent container recycling fee paid by the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association. “We like the system that is set up there,” said Jeffery last August. “Industry pays 80 percent of the cost and manages the funds.”

Although Recycling Reinvented will be advocating for EPR, Gardner said that the ultimate goal is to find the best way to recover more materials.

“A lot of people are saying that are other ways to improve the recycling of all materials,” said Gardner. “We are not here to defend EPR. We want to move recovery forward. If there is consensus on another way, that’s fine. We want to explore what is uniquely American, what works for the United States, and move recovery forward.”

Still, it is his belief that EPR is the best route for that because it “would ensure that everyone is in” and that some companies don’t get a “a free ride” on the work, efforts and costs paid by others.

“Why is it the best option?” Gardner asked. “First, you are more likely to get higher recovery rates because it requires the brand owners to cover or share the cost of the collection and processing of household recyclables.

“Second, it addresses more types of packaging and products” than just containers and bottles “and it allows business to drive the efficiency [of the collection system] through the private sector,” he said.

“Because the brand owners would be paying for it, they will set goals and develop metrics for efficiency” said Gardner, which ultimately means, that “as collection goes up, their costs will go down. So they have an incentive to drive collection.”

He also said EPR results in standards being set which will lead to “the expansion of best practices.

“It also means there will be more harmonization among the material that is collected,” said Gardner, because there will a uniform approach as opposed to different approaches in each community

Achieving EPR in the United States will require buy-in by all parties in the supply chain, and a solution that is simple, particularly because recycling, at least today, is not a high priority among most legislators, Gardner said.

“When it comes down to all the things legislators are interested in, recycling is at the bottom,” Gardner said. “It is even at the bottom of the environmental issues. So you may only get one chance to enact it.”

It will also be necessary to educate people about EPR because “it is misunderstood and misinterpretations abound,” he said. “It does not involve retailers to take-back goods or have in-store take-back, and brand owners are not going to have to set up their own hauling business.”

“The government does not set fees or even handle the money,” said Gardner. “Only an overall framework is established. You need just enough legislative guidance to make sure no one gets a free ride, You can’t design EPR to be overly restrictive because you need to keep the system flexible.”

“We want to make it simple,” said Gardner. “EPR gives you a structure from which you can make changes later,” if necessary.

He also emphasized that his non-profit is not out to replace existing bottle bills with EPR laws—which is why it only intends to introduce EPR bills in non-bottle bill states.

“People have asked, ‘Why don’t we just advocate for more deposit bills, or include deposits in EPR proposals?’” Gardner said. “But politically, pushing for more bottle bills just makes things more complicated. If you put deposits into EPR, you lose all beverage industry and brand owner support and you would just see people try and unravel it.”

http://www.plasticsnews.com/headlines2.html?id=24869&channel=380

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Organizations Unify Definitions of EPR, Stewardship

Resource Recycling, March 26 - Three product stewardship organizations have come to an agreement on key definitions for extended producer responsibility programs. During the past year, the California Product Stewardship Council, the Product Policy Institute and the Product Stewardship Institute have met to harmonize each group's guiding principles, which are expressed in this document.

In the document, product stewardship is defined as "the act of minimizing health, safety, environmental and social impacts, and maximizing economic benefits of a product and its packaging throughout all lifecycle stages." Broadly, it encompasses the entire lifecycle of covered items and their packaging. The word "social" is included in the definition of product stewardship to express concerns about issues such as child labor and material handling.

Extended producer responsibility is defined more narrowly as a government policy concerning the post-consumer state of covered products. The document says EPR's key features are shifting financial and management responsibility with government oversight, and incentives to incorporate environmental provisions. The document also outlines key principles of EPR, including a level playing field for product requirements, a results-based management system, transparency and accountability, and clearly defined roles for government, retailers and consumers. The three organizations sought to clarify the terminology, and bring their respective principles in alignment, over concerns that the nebulous definitions were befuddling stakeholders and being used to block EPR legislation at the state level.

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Recycling Commodity Prices

**Starting in November 2011 these prices are from the OBM Yellow Sheet Southwest Region. This includes giving prices for a newspaper seven grade of paper instead of Mixed Paper, which was quoted prior to November 2011.

Date Cardboard

News/Mixed Paper(ONP#8)**

Mixed Paper (2) PET Bottles #1* Natural HDPE
Mixed Color HDPE
Aluminum Cans -Baled
April 2012 $120-$130/ton $85-90/ton $90-95/ton $0.28-$0.30/lb $0.37-$0.39/lb $0.30-$0.32/lb $0.79-$0.81/lb
March 2012 $115-$125//ton $80-85/ton $85-90/ton $0.24-$0.27/lb $0.33-$0.34/lb $0.27-$0.285/lb $0.80-$0.82/lb
Feb 2012 $115-$125//ton $85-90/ton   $0.23-$0.25/lb $0.31-$0.33/lb $0.26-$0.28/lb $0.79-$0.81/lb
Jan 2012 $105-$115//ton $70-75/ton   $0.21-$0.24/lb $0.30-$0.31/lb $0.25-$0.27/lb $0.75-$0.77/lb
Dec 2011 $90-$100/ton $55-$60/ton   $0.17-$0.21/lb $0.30-$0.31/lb $0.22-$0.23/lb $0.79-$0.81/lb
Nov 2011 $100-$110/ton $95-$105//ton   $0.35-$0.37/lb $0.29-$0.30/lb $0.23-$0.24/lb $0.78-$0.81/lb
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Sept 2011 $60-$155/ton $5/ton   $0.05-$0.21/lb $0.06-$0.28/lb $0.02-$0.11/lb $0.60-$0.62/lb
Aug 2011 $75-$170/ton $5/ton   $0.05-$0.21/lb $0.06-$0.28/lb $0.02-$0.11/lb $0.65-$0.70/lb
July 2011 $75-$165/ton $5/ton   $0.05-$0.21/lb $0.06-$0.28/lb $0.02-$0.14/lb $0.65-$0.70/lb
June 2011 $65-$145/ton $5/ton   $0.05-$0.23/lb $0.06-$0.31/lb $0.02-$0.16/lb $0.68-$0.75/lb
May 2011 $60-$135/ton $5/ton   $0.06-$0.24/lb $0.06-$0.31/lb $0.02-$0.18/lb $0.66-$0.73/lb
April 2011 $60-$135/ton $5/ton   $0.06-$0.24/lb $0.06-$0.31/lb $0.02-$0.18/lb $0.62-$0.72/lb
March 2011 $65-$145/ton $5/ton   $0.06-$0.24/lb $0.06-$0.31/lb $0.02-$0.18/lb $0.58-$0.68/lb
Feb 2011 $65-$145/ton $5/ton   $0.04-$0.22/lb $0.04-$0.30/lb $0.02-$0.18/lb $0.58-$0.67/lb
Dec 2010 $75-$160/ton $5/ton   $0.04-$0.18/lb $0.04-$0.26/lb $0.02-$0.18/lb $0.58-$0.67/lb
Nov 2010 $75-$160/ton $5/ton   $0.03-$0.16/lb* $0.03-$0.24/lb $0.01-$0.17/lb $0.56-$0.65/lb
Sept 2010 $75-$140/ton $5/ton   $0.03-$0.16/lb* $0.03-$0.24/lb $0.01-$0.17/lb 0.51-$0.58/lb

August 2010

$75-$140/ton $5/ton   $0.03-$0.16/lb* $0.03-$0.23/lb $0.01-$0.18/lb 0.51-$0.56/lb
June 2010 $75-$140/ton $5/ton   $0.03-$0.15/lb* $0.03-$0.22/lb $0.01-$0.17/lb 0.49-$0.52/lb
May 2010 $75-$145/ton $5/ton   $0.03-$0.18/lb* $0.03-$0.31/lb $0.01-$0.20/lb 0.54-$0.64/lb

April 2010

$85-$150/ton $5/ton   $0.03-$0.20/lb* $0.03-$0.29/lb $0.01-$0.20/lb 0.54-$0.66/lb
Feb 2010 $85-$145/ton $5/ton   $0.02-$0.04/lb* $0.03-$0.26/lb $0.01-$0.13/lb 0.52-$0.54/lb
Jan 2010 $75-$115/ton $5/ton   $0.02-$0.04/lb* $0.03-$0.26/lb $0.01-$0.11/lb 0.48-$0.58/lb
Dec. 2009 $50-$85/ton NA   $0.02-$0.04/lb* $0.03-$0.26/lb $0.01-$0.11/lb $0.48-$0.58/lb
Nov. 2009

$40-$75/ton

NA   $0.02-$0.04/lb* $0.03-$0.26/lb $0.01-$0.11/lb $0.48-$0.58/lb
Oct. 2009 $40-75/ton NA   $.02-.04/lb* $.03-.26/lb $.01-.11/lb $.48-.58/lb
Sept 2009 $40-80/ton NA   $.02-.03/lb* $.03-$.17/lb $.01-$.09/lb $.40-$.54/lb
Aug 2009 $40-80/ton NA   $.02/lb* $.03-$.15/lb $.01-$.09/lb $.38-$.52/lb
July 2009 $40-75/ton NA   $.01/lb* $.03-$.15/lb $.01-$.09/lb $.34-$.50/lb
June 2009 $25-55/ton NA   $.005/lb* $.03-$.15/lb $.01-$.09/lb $.32-$.44/lb
May 2009 $10-45/ton NA   $.005/lb* $.03-$.15/lb $.01-$.09/lb $.32-$.44/lb
April 2009 $10-45/ton NA   $.005/lb* $.03-$.12/lb $.01-$.06/lb $.28-$.37/lb
March 2009 $10-50/ton NA   $.005/lb* $.03-$.10/lb $.01-$.05/lb $.18-$.37/lb
Feb 2009 $5-40/ton NA   $0 $.03-$.10/lb $.01-$.05/lb $.30-$.36/lb
Jan 2009 $5-35/ton NA   $0 $.03-$.04/lb $.01-$.03/lb $.30-$.40/lb
Dec 2008 $5-45/ton NA   $0 $.02-$.04/lb $.01-$.03/lb $.18-$.32/lb
Nov 2008 $20-60/ton NA   $.005/lb $.02-$.04/lb $.01-$.03/lb $.18-$.22/lb
Oct 2008 $55-90/ton $5-10/ton   $.03-.10/lb $.03-$.06/lb $.03-$.06/lb $.48-$.60/lb
Sept 2008 $65-105/ton $5-50/ton   $.03-.10/lb $.03-$.06/lb $.03-$.06/lb $.48-$.75/lb

 

**Starting in November these prices are from the Official Board Markets or Secondary Fiber Pricing for the Southwest region.

Please note that this is a sample of what is being offered in New Mexico for certain commodities. Purchase prices for OCC and Paper are subject to change based on market fluctuations as reflected in the Southwest Region of the Official Board Markets’ Yellow Sheet. Prices vary according to presentation and quantity. These prices are for partial loads. Full truckloads of any of the materials would be paid at a greater price depending on the pick-up location and destination of the material.

 

Other resources:

http://www.amm.com/recman/recdata/reccomp.htm for national average commodity prices

http://www.wastenews.com/secondaryfiber/  

http://www.packaging-online.com/

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Welcome to New Members 2012

Joseph Lane; Go Green Albuquerque: Randy Ybarra, Pepsi Beverages Company; Frank Santiago & Billy "Shote" Forrester, Waste Management; Marcus Montoya-Supervisor of Solid Waste, Village of Los Lunas; David & Terry Brown, Route 60 Recycling

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Thank You 2012 Renewing Members!

Suzanne Michaels, Suzanne Michaels Communications: David Keeling, Steel Recycling Institute; Carol Chavez, Sandia Ranger Station; Linda McCormick, UNM Recycling; Karen Temple Beamish, Albuquerque Academy; Jeff Kaplan, Village of Ruidoso; Kris Callori, Environmental Dynamics, Inc; Elizabeth Alongi; John Zarola; Joseph Ellis, Dwight McDonough & Larry Carter, EVSWA; Leonard Carrillo, City of T or C ; Jo Fanelli, Atlas Pumping Co; Barbara Boneville, Whole Foods; George Schroeder, Bernalillo County; Tom Nagawiecki, Juanita Salazar, Larry Warner & Leroy Chacon, Los Alamos County; Cordell Tecube, Jicarilla Apache Nation; Hiram Muse; Katrina Wheelock; Jack Chappelle, Engineering Solutions & Design; Michael Candelario, Pueblo of Isleta; P. Ryan Swazo-Hinds, Pueblo of Tesuque; Dino Chavarria, Santa Clara Pueblo; Bill Booth, Ditch Witch of NM; Daniel Dunn, Clifford Dowling, Frank Santiago and Billy (Shote) Forrester, Waste Management; James Blasing, Village of Los Lunas; Randall Kippenbrock, Sally Padilla, Mike Smith & Lisa Merrill, Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency; Rick Smith, Pueblo of Laguna; Scott Jernigan, Catalyst Paper; Hector Valverde, Master Fibers; Rob Vezina, Toter Inc; Jimmy Bustamante, City of Artesia; Chris Bell, Bell & Associates; Ruben Salcido, City of Farmington; O.Paul Gallegos

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Social Media & New Mexico Recycling

Many members of NMRC are launching Facebook pages or Twitter accounts or other creative social marketing campaigns to get the word out about recycling. NMRC will track these updates in this new section of Scraps. If you'd like to send in information about your recycling-related social networking efforts, please email the to Sarah Pierpont at sarah@recyclenewmexico.com

NMORO on Facebook

In an effort to re-invigorate the organics recycling community, NMORO has now joined Facebook. Please visit our page and "like" us. https://www.facebook.com/nmorganicsrecyling More importantly, periodically check in and see what's new. Feel free to post things there about your organics recycling adventures.

NMRC has finally launched a Facebook page. Go ahead and like us today!

Also check out Keep Luna County Beautiful at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Keep-Luna-County-Beautiful/153674054669723
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Grants, Loans and Jobs

State Loans
NMED Constructions Programs Bureau offers low-interest loans for solid waste projects: http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/cpb/rip.html

State Recyclng and Illegal Dumping Grant
NMED Solid Waste Bureau currently if accepting tire, recycling and illegal dumping applications through April 6, 2012. http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/swb/GrantandLoanPrograms.htm

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Recycling Tidbits

75% of Americans Believe Many Products are Over Packaged
When asked about packaging, three-quarters of Americans believe many consumer products are over-packaged and about one-quarter will look elsewhere.  Food and Beverage Packaging

Europeans Looking To Ban Free Bags at Checkout
March 29 -- The European Commission (EC) looks set to recommend the banning of the free distribution of so-called single-use carryout bags.  More»

Colorado's Landfill Ban on E-Waste Awaits Governor's Signature
March 26 -- A landfill ban on electronic waste has passed the Colorado House and heads to Gov. John Hickenlooper for final approval after being previously approved by the state Senate.  More»

Anheuser-Busch InBev Closes In on 99% Recycling Goal
March 22 -- Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) said it is getting closer to meeting its 99% recycling rate goal by the end of this year.   More»

Federal Government To Require Contractors to Recycle E-Waste
The US government is crafting a rule that would bar contractors who use computers or other electronics devices bought with federal dollars from dumping them in landfills. The new rule is part of a broader Obama Administration effort to lead by example and encourage the responsible recycling of scrap electronics (e-waste). E-waste, which contains some toxic materials is one of the fastest growing segments of the waste stream and often ends up in landfills or developing countries where it poses a threat to human health and the environment. The EPA estimates that in 2009, 2.37 million tons of computer equipment were thrown away, but only a quarter of it was recycled. The new rule would require government contractors to send old electronics equipment to recyclers certified through federally recognized programs, said Stephen Leeds, senior sustainability officer at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Earlier this month, the GSA with an annual IT budget of nearly $80 billion, applied the e-waste dumping ban to its own agencies. The Obama administration's e-waste push began last summer when the Environmental Protection Agency released a National Strategy for Electronic Stewardship...Read More »

All Federal Agencies Banned From Disposing of E-Waste in Landfills
All federal agencies have been banned from disposing of electronic waste in landfills or incinerators. The policy, established by the General Services Administration(GSA), also directs e-waste to certified companies for recycling, also providing opportunities for the e-waste industry, said GSA Administrator Martha Johnson in a news release. The new policy, outlined in a bulletin to federal agencies, directs them to reuse electronics as much as possible and then turn non-working products over to certified e-waste recyclers. As electronic items reach the end of their use, asset managers should offer these products for reuse at other agencies, schools, state and local governments, or put them up for sale. Additionally, the GSA encourages those receiving used government electronics to follow the same reuse and certified recycling standards as the U.S. government.     More»

EPA Considers Rule to Monitor Some E-Waste Exports
March 20 -- A proposal by the U.S. EPA would require any company exporting cathode ray tubes to give the agency notice of the shipment.  More»

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Calendar

The NMRC board meets 5 times a year and members are always welcome to attend the meetings. We welcome your input and are always looking for new board members for our September election. We have also started offering a call-in option to board meetings. If you wish to attend any of the meetings, please RSVP ahead of time to english@recyclenewmexico.com.

  • April 24-26, Compost Facility Operators Certification Course, Albuquerque
  • May 22-24, Recycling Facility Operators Certification Course, Taos
  • October 2-4, Compost Facility Operators Certification Course, Ruidoso
  • November: NM Recycling Awareness Month Activities

  • December 4-6 - Recycling Facility Operators Certification Course, T or C

All meetings are posted online at www.recyclenewmexico.com/calendar.htm

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2012 Recycling and Composting Facility Operator Certification

 

Certification Course

Date

Location

Compost Facility Operator

April 24-26

Albuquerque

October 2-4

Ruidoso

Recycling Facility Operator'

May 22-24

Taos

Dec 4-5

Truth or Consequences

 

Register online at www.recyclenewmexico.com/certclasses.htm

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If you have questions about any of the above information or have articles for future Recycling Scraps, please e-mail or call

English Bird, Executive Director

New Mexico Recycling Coalition

PO Box 24364, Santa Fe, NM 87502

english@recyclenewmexico.com

(505) 983-4470 

 
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