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Re: Motor oil bottle bans in landfills?

I have an old 1993 edition of a publication from Raymond 
Communications (301) 345-4237 Riverdale, MD titled, "State Recycling 
Laws Update". The report includes a discussion of landfill bans. The 
company also published a report in 1993 which it may have updated, 
"Disposal Bans In America: Who's Banning What and Why". The 
reports are expensive, unfortunately (several hundred dollars 
each). One of the tips from the report is that landfill bans are 
more likely to be enacted at the local municipality or county level 
instead of the state level.  Sorry this info is a little out of date, 
maybe someone else on this listserve can chime in with an update on 
the company's publications.  Good Luck.

Date:          Fri, 18 Jul 1997 10:59:36 -0700
From:          g-whiz@ix.NETCOM.com
Subject:       Motor oil bottle bans in landfills?
To:            p2tech@great-lakes.net
Reply-to:      p2tech@great-lakes.net

Hi Everyone!

A contact at the TNRCC mentioned a conversation she had with a Canadian
who said his province had banned used motor oil bottles from landfills. 
She is in the process of finding the name of the contact.

In the meantime, I was wondering if anyone knew of this particular
program or any others like it in the United States or Canada which ban
or restrict the landfilling of almost empty motor oil bottles.

I say "almost empty" because there is usually about an ounce of motor
oil remaining in each motor oil bottle that is discarded.  This residue
makes the bottles undesirable for recyclers because of the messes in
baling, transporting, chipping, and washing.  The residue also leaks out
of the container when landfilled, and we all know oil and groundwater
don't mix.

If you don't think an ounce of motor oil in each bottle is a problem,
consider that there are over 3.43 BILLION motor oil bottles produced and
sold in the U.S. each year.  

So, if you know of any programs out there, I would like to hear about
them.  I know of one in South Carolina, but that's about it.  Someone
has had to have looked at this problem before.  Any ideas?

Gerard Forgnone
Plastic Oil Products
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Suite 18B-258
Santa Maria, CA  93455
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Dina Li
Sr. Pollution Prevention Specialist
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
Pollution Prevention Division (MS-4-3)
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(703) 318-4603 fax (703) 736-0826 or (703) 709-1044