GRN Recycle Talk FAQ

Date: Wed May 27 1998 - 05:40:00 EDT

Date: Wed, 27 May 98 10:40 WET DST
Subject: Re: Starting a recycling program in a rural area (Aimee Roberson)

May 27, 1998

Dear Aimee Roberson,

The easily answered question is your second one: where to go to find out about state laws in Montana regarding recycling:

US EPA Region 8 covers Montana. The Recycling Contact person is Whitney Trulove-Cranor at tel: 303-312-6447.

A more descriptive and comparative article is the annual The State of Garbage in America published (annually) in the April or May issue of Biocycle magazine. In 1998's April issue, for example, you learn that Montana recycles only 5% of its Municipal Solid Waste, has only 6 curbside collection programs serving 8,000 people but has 35 landfills open with remaining capacity for 20 years.

You should also check with your state solid waste authority. Information from 10 years ago indicates that this then was:

Solid Waste Program
Dept. of Health and Environmental Science
Cogswell Bldg., Room B201
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-2821

Regarding resources for setting up rural recycling :

There are several very good resources but none are completely comprehensive without the others:

 Why Waste a Second Chance?: A Small Town Guide to Recycling by National Assn. of Towns Townships/National Center for Small Communities, 1522 K St, NW, Suite 730, Washington, DC 20005; Tel: 202-737-5200.

 A Case Study of a Rural Recycling Marketing Cooperative: Recycling Services Institute in Middle Tennessee put out by US EPA Region 4 and the TVA's Regional Waste Mgmt. Dept. in 6/943 The TVA contact person was given as Forrest Rich, Knoxville, TN, at tel: 615-632-8492. The US EPA Region 4 Library is at: Atlanta, GA: Tel: 404-347-4216.

 In-Depth Studies of Recycling and Composting Programs: Designs, Costs, Results: Volume 1: Rural Communities , EPA 530-X-93-006a, 12/93 which can probably be best obtained from the National Technical Information Service at a cost: 703-487-4650

Additionally, talking to a regional recycling marketing coop would be a good idea. We are fortunate to have a very good one in New England: The Northeast Resource Recovery Assn. is located in Concord, NH at 603-224-6996.

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