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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV)
Date: Thu Oct 16 1997 - 05:57:00 EDT


Date: Thu, 16 Oct 97 10:57 WET DST
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: Is recycling really happening

Oct 16, 1997

As you might expect to hear from someone responding to a question left at a recycling website, to the question is recycling really happening? , the answer is,

Yes, it is really happening. Millions of tons of easy to recycle and difficult to recycle materials have been collected, processed, reshaped, distributed, remanufactured, sold in or as new (recycled) products, purchased as recycled (or not known) products, and then discarded, re-recycled over and over again.
The economic monitoring of the Census Bureau, Dunn Bradstreet, ABI, Predicasts, shows that recycling of Scrap Waste Materials adds sizeable amounts of economic activity to many industries.

Can I point to materials in landfills that should have been recycled?

Yes.

Can I point to examples of sham recycling?

Yes.

Can I find a discarded material that ought to be recycled, or whose hauler says that they will recycler it, but instead, who dump it in a landfill or at an incinerator?

Yes.

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