GRN Recycle Talk FAQ

Date: Mon Jun 30 1997 - 09:54:00 EDT

Date: Mon, 30 Jun 97 14:54 WET DST
Subject: Re: Starting a recycling business

June 30, 1997

Regarding starting a recycling business in the Pacific Northwest. You already are blessed with a fantastic source of information in the form of the Clean Washington Center which is on the Internet ( Business assistance is one of their specialties.

There is also a wonderful Recycling Business Resource Directory prepared by the Solid Waste Dept., Metro , 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232. Tel: 503-797-1650.

Regarding equipment, there is an annual Industry Sourcebook put out by HCI Publications, Kansas City, MO, tel: 816-931-1311; and, the American Recycling Market Directory includes directories of products, their makers and recycling equipment, too. They are in Ogdensburg, NY, at tel: 800-267-0707; There are also periodicals of used and reusable business equipment published nationally and for several regions of the US, though I m uncertain of coverage for the Pacific Northwest.

The state environmental departments should definitely be contacted, as should US EPA Region 10, Solid Waste Program. A most authoritative source is John Dumas at tel: 206-553-6522.

Lastly, a US EPA program has set up REDAs and RBACs which amount to recycling business assistance centers. I m not sure where these are in the Northwest, but the states and John Dumas will certainly know. It pays to ask.

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