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RE: Solid waste dilemma



I would recommend a multi-point approach.  First you need to find out what
the reason(s) is that the company is not following through.  They may be
like most companies and have limited resources to follow-up on "such a minor
item" like recycling.  This is not their main business activity and they
have a solution to handle the waste.  Even if recycling is a major factor
for many of us it is not for the majority of people.  If a lack of resources
to follow up is the problem maybe you can function as the conduit to make
the recycling sale work.  You can gather the information (quantity, type,
form, etc.) and contact the potential recyclers for financial, shipping,
packaging, etc. information for the company with the waste.  Making the
contact and arranging for initial meetings if there appears to be a fit
might be all that is needed to make the recycling happen.

Another approach could be to get the company to segregate the waste prior to
coming to you and you proceed with the recycling.  You may have to charge
the company a premium if they don't segregate the plastic to get them to do
that.  If this is necessary make sure you make the premium sufficient to
make it worth their time to segregate.

Another aspect is to take a little more firm approach and coerce the company
into looking at waste reduction for the plastic waste generating operation.
The only coercion available might be higher disposal costs for the plastic
wastes but you may be able to use inspection regulations and pressure to
"awaken their interest" in waste reduction.

Good luck.

Dale H. Francke, P.E.
Engineering Service Professionals, Inc.
772.486.3909
Fax: 509.756.3985
e-mail:   dale@espsupport.com


Professional Engineer - State of FL

Visit us at:   www.espsupport.com


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net
[mailto:owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net]On Behalf Of Nancy Larson
Sent: Friday, June 28, 2002 5:42 PM
To: p2-tech
Cc: Diane Rollins
Subject: Solid waste dilemma


Greetings:

I am working with a municipal landfill authority that has a problem with one
local company disposing of several tons each week of a solid waste
(plastic), despite providing the business with a choice of recycling/reuse
outlets for the material.  The business has expressed a verbal interest in
diverting the material, but simply will not follow through, despite the
economics.  The material from this business alone makeup about 15% of the
total material at the landfill.

Are there any existing programs out there that have created regulations or
rules to deal with a similar situation?

Please direct your responses to Diane at DROLLINS@BUCOKSCOM

Nancy J. Larson, RS
Industrial Pollution Prevention Specialist
KSU Pollution Prevention Institute
7001 West 21st Street North
Wichita, KS 67205
316/722-7721 ext.254
800/578-8898
www.sbeap.org
NLarson@ksu.edu


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