United States
                               Environmental Protection
                       Solid Waste and
                       Emergency Response
Spring 1997
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                              EPA's Solid  Waste  Sites
                              on  the  Internet
 :  -eel like surfing the Net today? Informa-
 ! '.   tion about EPA's solid waste programs
    and services is available at the click of
a button. Internet surfers can learn about
everything from the ins and outs of the
pay-as-you-throw program to how solid
waste reduction can help reduce green-
house gas emissions. Here's a list of key  f;
EPA solid waste-related sites on the Net: fff
• http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-
 hw/index.htm This site provides an
 overview of EPA's initiatives in
 the municipal solid waste arena.
 It's a good place to start if you're
 not already familiar with EPA's
 various solid waste activities. Copies
 of Reusable News and many other EPA
 publications can be downloaded from
 this site.
• http://www. epa.gov/epaoswer/non-
 hw/reduce/wstewise/index.htm On the
 WasteWi$e homepage, you can learn
 about this voluntary program to help
 businesses prevent waste, recycle, and
 buy recycled products; discover what
 services are available to WasteWi$e mem-
 bers; and access WasteWi$e progress
 reports, newsletters, and tip sheets. Current
 WasteWi$e members can access goal-setting
 forms online, and organizations interested in
 joining can access the registration form online. Plans are also underway
 to allow these forms to be submitted electronically via the homepage.
• http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/payt/TYiis site provides a
 description of EPA's pay-as-you-throw program, which encourages
 communities to set rates based on each unit of trash set out for collec-
 tion. Fact sheets and the pay-as-you-throw guidebook and workbook
 can be downloaded here.
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 '•    PA has strategically invested
     more than $5.7 million in
     grant money in 42 state,
regional, and tribal organizations
to help create a stronger recycling
infrastructure. A preliminary review
of the Jobs Through Recycling QTR)
program shows that more than
1,400 jobs were created in 3 years,
and a variety of products—from
sheet aluminum and door jambs to
houses and furniture—are being
manufactured. Just a few of the pro-
gram's successes to date include:

• More than 200 jobs have  been
  created in Nevada due to the
  expansion or development of 10
  recycling businesses.

• Maryland has retained or created
  560 recycling-related jobs in
  firms with a combined capital
  investment of $27,835,000.

• A disassembly/recycling center for
  computers, peripherals, and con-
  sumer electronics will open in
  Rhode Island by May 1, 1997.  The
  state expects the center to employ
  75 people by the year 2000.

• More than $250 million has been
  invested in recycling projects in
  Arizona. The state has forecast the
  creation of 1,000 jobs by the end
  of 1999 as a result.

• The Hualapai Tribe in Arizona
  has built a prototype "EarthShip"
  house using commonly available
  recyclables, including tires, old
  corrugated cardboard, and cans.

  Through JTR participation, state
grantees are learning valuable
lessons about program implementa-
tion, including the importance of
partnering, communication, and
training. Tom Polk, an environmen-
tal industry representative with the
Maryland Department of Business
and Economic Development,
emphasizes that successful pro-
grams require "establishing good
communication links and making
the best use of the resources you
have." Celia Hildebrand, recycling
economic development advocate for
the state of Nevada, recommends

that "recycling professionals
involved in economic development
receive formal training and become
fully integrated into the culture and
operations of an economic develop-
ment agency."
  Other state personnel emphasize
the importance of investing the time
to locate and develop substantive
recycling projects. Randy Coburn, a
recycling business development spe-
cialist with the state of New York,
said, "We've learned to be patient.
Everything takes longer than one
expects, but the results are exceeding
our expectations." Greg Fisher, direc-
tor of the state of Arizona's recycling
market development program, said
the program developed a balanced
assistance portfolio of financing
incentives, technical support, and
marketing assistance, then  "marketed
the heck out of the program."
  For more information on the JTR
program, contact John Leigh of
EPA  at 703 308-7896. •

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• http://www. epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/
  muncpl/fullcost/index.htm The full cost
  accounting (FCA) homepage provides a descrip-
  tion of this accounting tool for local govern-
  ments. Copies of the FCA primer and resource
  guide can be downloaded from this site.

• http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/sub2/
  plan.sub/waste_rd/This page explains the
  link between climate change and EPA's solid
  waste programs. Several fact sheets can be
  downloaded, and links are provided to other
  sites with climate change information.
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WasteWi$e  Partners  Share
    eventy WasteWi$e partners
    recently met face to face in
    order to exchange information
and share resources. Two regional
forums held in 1996 marked the
establishment of nationwide net-
works to enable business and insti-
tutional partners to achieve their
goals in source reduction, recy-
cling, and buying recycled prod-
ucts. On November 20, partners in
Chicago discussed pooling recy-
clables to make recycling more
cost-effective, working with suppli-
ers to reduce packaging waste, and
motivating employees to expand
waste reduction efforts. On Decem-
ber 2, partners in Washington, DC,
shared information on composting,
as well as on methods for increas-
      pproximately 500 of you
   -   responded to the survey
      distributed with the
 August/September  1996 issue of
 Reusable News. Thank you to all
 who took the time to respond!
 We appreciated hearing your
 input about how Reusable News
 can better meet your needs.
   An overwhelming number of
 you indicated a preference for a
 leaner, meaner Reusable News.
 You also told us you enjoyed
 reading both short, timely arti-
 cles and longer, in-depth case
 studies. So look for both in
 future issues chock full of the
 latest EPA goings-on. In addi-
 tion, several of you expressed a
 desire to receive electronic
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   With your help, we'll con-
 tinue to make Reusable News a
 valuable source for solid waste
 information and the latest EPA
    8o foster the nationwide development of recycling and reuse markets, EPA
     recently published A Financing Guide for Recycling Businesses: Investment
     Forums, Meetings, and Networks. Produced for EPA by the National Recy-
cling Coalition and Kirkworks, the guide provides information on private sources
of capital, financing strategies, and business planning for recycling businesses.
This publication is also designed to be used by government and nonprofit agen-
cies to help recycling and reuse businesses find financing.
  The Financing Guide is available from EPA by calling the RCRA/Superfund
Hotline at 800 424-9346. Request document number EPA530-R-96-Q12.I!
      ome builders looking to save money by reducing, reusing, and recycling
      wastes from home construction can consult a new publication entitled
      Residential Construction Waste Management: A Builder's Field Guide.
Published by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in coopera-
tion with EPA, this guide describes practices such as separating and collecting
recyclables, reusing wood and drywall waste on site, and structuring subcon-
tracts to improve waste management. For a free copy of this publication, con-
tact the  NAHB Research Center at 301 249-4000 or write to them at 400
Prince George's  Boulevard, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.31
    'he Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has published a detailed
     analysis of the benefits of recycling. In Too Good to Throw Away: Recycling's
     Proven Record, NRDC describes recycling's upstream benefits of reduced pol-
lution and use of virgin resources, as well as the downstream advantages of
decreased waste and reliance on landfills. The report also takes a close look at the
costs of recycling and disposal in terms of community economic development.
  For a  copy of the report, send $7.50 plus $1.45 shipping and handling to:
NRDC Publications Department, 40 West  20th Street, New York, NY 10011. The
report is also available via NRDC's homepage at http://www.nrclc.org/
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