GRN Recycle Talk FAQ

Date: Mon Jun 02 1997 - 05:46:00 EDT

Date: Mon, 2 Jun 97 10:46 WET DST
Subject: Re: Impact of recycling newspapers, aluminum cans   plastic (John Whitehead)

June 2, 1997

Dear John Whitehead,

According to the State of California: making cans from recycled aluminum reduces energty use by 90-97% percent compared to making aluminum cans from virgin bauxite; the same comparison issues a 95% reduction in air pollution. The same is true for paper reducing energy by 74% on average and water pollution by 35%.

Full descriptions of comparable reductions, including their economic meanings are available in the following forms:

 Environmental, Economic and Energy Impacts of Material Recovery Facilities: A MITE Program Evaluation US EPA Office of Research Development, August, 1995, document # EPA/600-R-95/125 and probably now available from NTIS.
Also, call the Tellus Institute for their economic analysis of recycling whose name I don t recall exactly, at 617-266-5400.
Also, call the Environmental Defense Fund and request their documents on the subject, including their response Recycling Isn t Garbage . Their telephone # is 212-505-2100
-- Research Library for RCRA

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