GRN Recycle Talk FAQ

Date: Wed May 28 1997 - 07:08:00 EDT

Date: Wed, 28 May 97 12:08 WET DST
Subject: Re: Hard to manage wastes (Jan Ameen)

May 28, 1997

Dear Jan Ameen,

Lets take your requests one, at a time. However, first be aware that in terms of the where to recycle in Massachusetts aspect, the Mass DEP s Recycling Services Directory includes some of your categories: used oil, scrap metal, batteries, white goods, yard waste (bulky waste).

1. Textiles: See: Handling Difficult Materials: Textiles in Waste Age, 7/94;
Contact the American textile Manufacturers Institute at 202-862-0500 on their Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program
Contact the Council for Textile Recycling at 301-656-1077 for several written materials on the how-to aspects.
Also see, Textile Recycling by the Council for Textile Reccling s honcho, Ed Jablonowski in the 1/95 issue of Waste Age.
On markets see: The Market is Willing: Post-Consumer Textiles by Tom Polk, in Resource Recycling, 2/92.

There are other articles on procurement in these and other trade magazines as well.

The Institute for Local self Reliance has a recent publication on the reuse of textiles in case study format, also a good resource.

2. Batteries

The literature is extensive in the waste management trade press.

 Waste Product Profile: Household Batteries by Chaz Miller in 4/94 Waste Age.
Several presentations on consumer batteries were made at the 1989 8th National Recycling Coalition conference including one by David Hurd of Boro Bronx 2000
 Used Dry Cell Batteries: Is a Collection Program Right for Your Community? by US EPA is available from NTIS under # EPA/530-K-92-006, 12/92. This is a very good how to document.
Source Reduction of Toxic Metals in Household Batteries: Federal, State and Industry Initiatives, by NEWMOA, 5/91 is available from them at 617-367-0449.
The problems associated with battery recycling is detailed in The Unsavory Side of Battery Recycling by Tom Watson, in 4/91 Resource Recycling.
A good how-to is included in a state market study: Household Batteries in Minnesota: Interim Report of the Household Battery Recycling and Disposal study and used to be available (it was published in March, 1990) from the MN Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Rd, St. Paul, MN 55155.

The organization to contact on this one probably has all of the how-to materials that you will ever need: The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Assn. and can be reached at 800-8-battery

3. White Goods

Basic sources are:

 The Greening of Durable Products: Improving Coordination in the World of Recycling which is a conference proceedings of a conference held October 3-4, 1994 in Cambridge, MA, sponsored by the Center for Technology, Policy, Industrial Development, at MIT. Get it from MIT libraries of the Center.

 Managing Problem Materials Generated by Discarded Appliances and Vehicles by NEWMOA Solid Waste Program, 9/94. Obtain from Carole Ansheles at 207-767-7172.

Additionally Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs in Boston has guidance out on the processing of white goods.

4. Used/waste oil:

The basic sources of how to info are from US EPA:

 How to set up a local program to recycle used oil 5/89, EPA/530-SW-89-039A and
 Managing Used Oil: Advice for Small Businesses 11/96, EPA/530-F-96-004 are both available from the RCRA Hotline800-424-9346

5. Scrap metal

Firstly, its easy to recycle scrap metal; the stuff doesn t belong in the hard-to-recycle category.

However, sources for how to info include:

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, 1627 K St, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20006

The Steel Recycling Institute, 680 Andersen Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

 Recycling: An Environmental Business in Recycling Today, 3/15/91. This magazine is overwhelmingly devoted to scrap metal recycling articles; the article selected is just a good summary of what was being done at that time.

6.Bulky wastes

The term is vague. While in reality it can refer to both construction debris and to yard waste, neither is hard to recycle. The only item that has been hard to recycle out of these classes of wastes are tree stumps.

The only source that I have ever seen deal well with tree stumps is the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Service. Perhaps the website of the Cornell Waste Management Institute will have information as well since they are also informed by their Coop Extension.

But, in truth, there is not a good how to source dealing with stumps.

Concerning construction debris, there is information aplenty, much of it already given to previous questionners at this website, so look up the subject.

One further thought on your writing of a how-to guide, is to get in touch with the nonprofit Somerville-based recycler Earthworm which has put out such how-tos in the past.

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