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Enviro-Mich message from "Kerrin O'Brien" <mirc@voyager.net>


The Lansing area's Breslin Student Events Center will be the site of the
Michigan Recycling Show: 16th Annual Michigan Recycling Coalition
Confernce and Business Recycling Expo on Wednesday and Thursday, May
20-21, 1998. The event will feature educational sessions, exhibits,
performances, facility tours, presentations and demonstrations
addressing many aspect of recycling, composting and solid waste
 "This event will reach out to many professionals who do not normally
think of themselves as being part of the solid waste or recycling
industry," says Tonia Olson of Lansing's Granger Companies and the
Recycling Show Chair. "Municipal officials, city managers, purchasing
managers, and industrial representatives will find many resources and
activities at the Recycling Show that cater specifically to their
Among the many sessions offered during the two day event are:
 Purchasing Recycled Products - geared toward helping private or public
sector purchasing managers identify recycled products that are both cost
effective and environmentally responsible.  
 Using Recovered Material in Manufacturing - Michigan has a ready
supply of recycled feedstock materials that can enhance product
manufacturing and even cut costs. This session will focus on how to tap
into those materials and incorporate them into the manufacturing
 Reducing Transport Packaging - The materials required to protect
products during shipping can be a company's single largest waste stream,
and therefore a significant cost. Much of the cost of transport
packaging is avoidable, as new methods for packaging reuse and recycling
take the place of disposal. 
 Source Reduction in Business - All businesses try to reduce costs, but
one item on the balance sheet is often overlooked. Solid waste disposal
costs can nearly always be reduced through simple changes in process.
Through source reduction, companies can turn the cost of solid waste
into solid savings. Waste avoidance = cost avoidance.
 Recycling Initiatives in the Auto Industry - Michigan's automotive
industry is a leader in the incorporation of recycled content into new
products. Learn about Saturn's use of recovered material in auto parts
and additional parts that are being targeted for recycling.
 Negotiating Solid Waste and Recycling Contracts - Is your business or
municipality getting what it pays for in contracts with waste disposal
and recycling service providers? Learn to negotiate contracts that
capitalize on the competitive nature of the solid waste and recycling

In addition to events dedicated to conference attendees, the Michigan
Recycling Show will open its doors to the public. From 11:30am - 5pm on
Thursday, May 21st, the public is invited to tour the Exposition Hall,
featuring exhibits, demonstrations and performances. For an admission
fee of $5, the public can gather information on new products, preview
programs by Michigan's environmental education professionals, talk to
service providers, see equipment demonstrations, and talk with hundreds
of professionals that deal with solid waste and recycling at
governmental, institutional, commercial or municipal levels.
For registration or exhibit information, contact the Michigan Recycling
Coalition at (517) 371-7073.

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