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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV)
Date: Tue Dec 02 1997 - 05:29:00 EST


Date: Tue, 2 Dec 97 10:29 WET
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: Recycling Bins (Alison Bartels)

Dec. 2, 1997

Dear Alison Bartels,

I'm not sure that I understand your question about recycling bins. Do they cost money? Of course. Are they expensive? No. Is it common to have them set out permanently residentially, which is unusual. Typically a city buys them and distributes them to all or some dwellings. Sometimes the recycler with whom the city contracts, buys them and provides them gratis. There are creative ways that municipalitties have used to finance bins such as offering advertising space on them, or publicly acknowledging a gift in kind. There are also endless numbers of recycled content bearing recycling bins, which show up all the time in catalogues of recycled products. Perhaps this bears on what you were asking.
The only statistics that we have are for the entire state of Missouri whose recycling rate in 1995 was 26% of about 7,600,000 tons per year generated. Your state environmental department should have more specific figures. For Missouri that would be the Dept. of Natural Resources in Jefferson City at 314-751-3176.

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