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Re: recycling by robdarnellrobdarnell, 28 Sep 2008 17:15

Here are some EPA Tools for Local Government Recycling Programs:
Basic Information
Improving Recycling's Economic Profile: reducing collection costs and processing costs
Evaluating Recycling Program Costs: online calculator to help local governments analyze recycling program costs and test effectiveness of implementing program changes
Community Recycling Success Stories
Outreach Materials
Communicating the Benefits of Recycling
Resources for Recycling in Specific Sectors
Other Resources

Re: Pay as you throw by robdarnellrobdarnell, 27 Sep 2008 13:33

These EPA presentations caught my eye, especially the first, which contains data/statistics that might support some ideas that our recycling group has been discussing:

These are posted at

Re: Pay as you throw by robdarnellrobdarnell, 27 Sep 2008 13:33

The city of Everett just started a pilot program with them maybe 2 months ago or so…. the deal is that residents do get coupons for the more they recycle .. but recycle bank takes $65 of every $100 that is recycled . So yes they give residents a coupon for dunkin donuts or bobs store but they are taking a big chunk of the $$$$$.

If you think the above info is worth posting on the website, please do. I'm not quite sure how to do it!

Re: RecycleBank by robdarnellrobdarnell, 26 Sep 2008 01:04

1) Time magazine article:,9171,1813956,00.html

2) My Canada story that I've already told some people: A couple of years ago I met a lady from Canada and she told me they have nearly 100% recycling participation. Not only that, they have a separate bin for compostable items (i.e. foodstuff) right in their house, then they bring it out to a larger bin outside which is emptied bi-weekly. She said the amount of waste in the actual trash barrel is very small. I asked why Canada was so progressive. She said because they ran out of room for landfills! She also mentioned people get fined if they do things like try to sneak stuff in the trash, like at Christmas when a lot of people try to stick the wrapping paper in the regular trash. She was vacationing here in the U.S. and couldn't believe how we all throw everything into one big trash barrel. She's used to separating everything. It's all about what people get in the habit of doing.

3) Here's a similar program I found online for Iowa:

Dubuque, Iowa
The city of Dubuque, Iowa is continuing its curbside food scraps recycling program, which works in conjunction with its existing yard waste and recycling programs. The program began as a two-year pilot in 2006, with 30 tons collected the first year, and 35 tons the second year. Besides generating compost, the goal of the program is to increase diversion to a recycling rate above 25 percent; according to the 2005 Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Waste analysis, 20 percent of the refuse materials set out from the average Dubuque household could be processed into compost.
The city provides 12-gallon wheeled Norseman containers with snap-locking lids, plus a 2-gallon kitchen collector. The few commercial participants (including a coffee shop, restaurant and two schools) are provided with either 48- or 64-gallon carts. No plastics, even biodegradable bags, are currently permitted.
Organic material is collected weekly and commingled with yard waste in a solid waste packer truck, and delivered to the licensed Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) facility. An estimated two tons/week are processed into compost, which is the current maximum of food scraps allowed under IDNR rules. There is discussion on expanding the amount of food waste permitted, which would allow larger processors and private companies to be included. The compost is sold for landscaping, gardening and highway applications. “The food scrap recycling program will help us extend our landfill life and reduce pollution,” notes the county website.
The city of 57,000 people is measuring its carbon footprint, attempting to reduce its environmental impact and become the greenest city in Iowa, says Paul Schultz, Solid Waste Management Supervisor for the city of Dubuque.

I notice I put a great deal of food scraps in my trash, and it can get rather heavy, especially if I have something like a watermelon. I do have a compost pile, but it is currently in an inconvenient location (way in the back of my yard). At the very least the town should look into providing small compost containers to residents.

Also, I mentioned to Leslie that there is a new recycling club leader at the High School, and wondered if it would be good to see if she could attend the upcoming meeting.

And— one more thing. At the last Wakefield Climate Action Project brainstorming meeting, someone mentioned the great idea to encourage recycling: if the person doesn't recycle, their trash is not taken that week. We all thought that was a fantastic and cost-free way to get people to recycle!


Sherri Carlson

Recycling Food Scraps by robdarnellrobdarnell, 19 Sep 2008 23:53

MALDEN Globe North 9/18/08
REFINING TRASH FEES - The City Council may consider offering limited exemptions from the pay-as-you-throw trash fee for residents who live in poverty or are age 62 or older. The council's Ordinance Committee is studying the impact exemptions would have on the city budget. Other proposals discussed by the committee include offering residents the opportunity to purchase fewer trash bags, or smaller ones. As the program is currently envisioned, 33-gallon trash bags would be sold in boxes of 10, with each box costing $20. The Ordinance Committee has discussed adding a 15-gallon trash bag and selling them in smaller quantities. The program is scheduled to go into effect Oct. 6, and is expected to generate $2.5 million in revenue this fiscal year and save the city an additional $400,000 in disposal charges as residents increase their recycling efforts. For information, call 781-397-7186 or e-mail gro.nedlamfoytic|liam#gro.nedlamfoytic|liam. - Brenda J. Buote

Get the WMGL & Building department to promote more energystar appliances i.e electrical permits to state all outside lighting to be energystar..etc

energystar by robdarnellrobdarnell, 02 Aug 2008 11:39

RecycleBank is a recycling company based in Philadelphia which offers financial incentives/rewards (in the form of retail and restaurant coupons) to participants, based on the weight of their recycling bins. Info is tracked electronically using computer chips in recycling bins and a computer on the recycling truck. (If I understood it all correctly) Philadelphia test neighborhoods achieved 90% participation rate.

RecycleBank by Anonymous (72.93.193.x), 01 Aug 2008 13:58

• According to latest MassDEP report, Wakefield had a self-reported 39 percent recycling participation rate – above the state average. A modest increase from 36 percent in 2003. Up only 5 percent from a low of 34 percent in 1998. And down from 45 percent high in 2000.

DPW news letter

• The Town of Needham reported a 69 percent participation rate in 2006. 30 percent better than Wakefield!!! We can do much better in both participation and tons collected.

recycling by robdarnellrobdarnell, 31 Jul 2008 20:11
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