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February 2005

NERC’s Advisory Members

Distinguished Benefactors

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Panasonic

Samsung

Sustaining Members

  • American Chemistry Council

  • American Forest and Paper Association

  • Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR)

  • Bag To Earth

  • Casella Resource Solutions

  • Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast, Inc.

  • Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference

  • CURC

  • Dart Container

  • Glass Recycling Coalition

  • Good Point Recycling

  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

  • International Bottled Water Association

  • Keep America Beautiful

  • Keurig Dr. Pepper

  • Marcal, A Soundview Paper Company

  • MRM

  • National Waste & Recycling Association

  • NEWMOA

  • Organix Solutions

  • PaintCare

  • Re-TRAC

  • Recycling Partnership

  • Republic Services

  • Schaefer Systems International, Inc.

  • Sims Municipal Recycling

  • Steel Recycling Institute

  • Strategic Materials

  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC)

  • TOMRA

  • US Composting Council (USCC)

  • Waste Management

A list of all the logos of our Sustaining Members can be found under Advisory Members

TOPICS
MEMBERS
Renewing Sustaining Member
New Supporting Member
  • Workwaste LLC
Renewing Supporting Members
NERC NEWS NEWS FROM THE TOXICS IN PACKAGING CLEARINGHOUSE STATE UPDATES
  • CONNECTICUT
    • Updating of Solid Waste Management Plan
    • Hear Today, Recycled Tomorrow
    • Recycling Round-Up
    • Talking Trash
    • Reading, Writing & Recycling
  • MAINE
    • '2003 Waste Generation & Disposal Capacity Report' Released
    • Disposal ban on mercury products took effect on January 1, 2005
    • Information Clearinghouse Updated
    • 'Maine Recycling Calendar 2005' Now Being Distributed
    • Portland's Creative Resource Center Opens in New Surroundings & With Slightly Different Approach
  • NEW YORK
    • State Support Awarded To IceStone® - Producer of Recycled Glass Product
  • PENNSYLVANIA
    • Application Announcement for the Recycling Markets Infrastructure Development Grant
    • Application Announcement for the Compost Infrastructure Development Grant Program
  • RHODE ISLAND
    • RIRRC Testifies in Support of Pay-As-You-Throw
    • Grant to Study Shrink Wrap Recycling Awarded
  • VERMONT
    • Agency of Natural Resources Offers $45,000 for Youth & Consumer Education
    • Solid Waste Reduction Projects
    • Information Campaign on Launched Harmful Health Effects of Illegal Trash Burning
    • Rest Area Training
    • Updated Computer Reuse & Recycling Web Page
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NERC's mission is to leverage the strengths & resources of its member states to advance an environmentally sustainable economy in the Northeast by promoting source reduction, recycling, & the purchasing of environmentally preferable products & services.


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MEMBERSHIP

We are delighted to report that the Eastern Regional Conference of the Council of State Governments has renewed as a SUSTAINING MEMBER. In addition, we're pleased to welcome Workwaste LLC as a new Supporting Member and the Association of New Jersey Recyclers and Northeast Resource Recovery Association, and the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania as renewing Supporting Members. In addition, we are very pleased to It is through the active participation & support of its Advisory Members that NERC is able to provide the strength of multi-stakeholder involvement and problem solving. To see a listing of Advisory Members and the benefits of membership visit the NERC Advisory Membership web page.

It is the broad spectrum of interests represented by NERC's Advisory Members and Board Members and their willingness to participate that significantly contributes to the unique and important role that NERC plays in recycling in the region.

NERC NEWS
Don't Miss NERC's Spring Conference
Join us on March 22-23 for NERC's Spring Conference at the Hotel Northampton in Northampton, MA. Don't miss this opportunity to dialogue with recycling professionals on the following cutting edge topics:
  • The Changing Role of Recycling Trade Associations: Their Affect on Recycling Material Markets
  • Strategies Trade Associations Are Implementing to Increase Recyclables From Business, State and Municipal Recycling Programs
  • "Shaking the Tree" - Increasing Recovery from Small to Medium Sized Businesses
  • Unravel the Mystery of Paint Recycling - An Overview of Paint Recycling and Available Markets
  • Unwanted Drugs - Learn about the issues driving unwanted drug collection programs and the work being done on this issue.

For more information contact Mary Ann Remolador. Register on-line by March 10th. A more detailed agenda will be posted on the NERC home page within the next few weeks.

Unified Approach to Electronics Management in the Region
NERC is working on a new initiative with the Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference that will seek to develop a unified approach to electronics management in the region. One of the project's principal objectives is to forge consensus among a variety of stakeholders - including state officials, manufacturers, retailers, recyclers and environmental groups - on a financing system for the collection and recycling of used computers and TVs. Establishment of a coordinated regional strategy will enable states to avoid a patchwork of laws and regulations that could increase compliance and management costs. We hope to devise model legislation as part of this effort.

As a first step in the process, NERC has offered to facilitate a dialogue among agency staff from the Northeast region geared toward building consensus on the text of a working document. NERC and CSG/ERC also plan to meet with interested legislators and their staff to obtain their input and advice on the working document. CSG/ERC is very excited about working with NERC on this critical new effort. We hope to get the project underway by early February. For more information, contact Lynn Rubinstein.

NEWS FROM THE TOXICS IN PACKAGING CLEARINGHOUSE

Candy Imported From Mexico May Contain Lead in Its Packaging
Member States of the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) recently learned that candy imported from Mexico may contain lead in its packaging. California's Attorney General filed a civil lawsuit in July 2004 against over 30 Mexican candy manufacturers and distributors citing evidence of lead in candy and its packaging. While the lawsuit was filed under Proposition 65 in California, the packaging is likely in violation of State Toxics in Packaging requirements. A poster with images of the suspected candy packaging from the Orange County (CA) Register, April 2004 was forwarded to the TPCH by the New York State Attorney General's office.

Upcoming TPCH Bi-Annual Membership Meeting
Mexican candy and other alleged examples of non-compliant packaging will be on the agenda at the TPCH bi-annual membership meeting on Monday, March 21, 10 am - 5 pm in Northampton, Massachusetts (the day preceding NERC's Spring Conference).

The March meeting agenda will also include discussions of enforcement of State toxics in packaging laws, the upcoming TPCH test program to survey packaging on the market to assess compliance with State laws, and expansion of the model legislation. States and organizations with an interest in joining the TPCH are welcome to attend the meeting to learn more about the TPCH activities.

STATE UPDATES

CONNECTICUT

Updating of Solid Waste Management Plan
The CT DEP is in the process of selecting a consultant to assist in the development and writing of an updated State Solid Waste Management Plan. The Plan is required by state statute to establish the following hierarchy for managing solid waste: source reduction, recycling, composting, bulky waste recycling, resource recovery, and landfilling. The Plan will include specific strategies for revitalizing Connecticut's waste reduction programs. It is anticipated that the contract, which will run 8 to 12 months, will be awarded within the next couple of months and that a preliminary draft plan will be prepared within five months of the award date.

Hear Today, Recycled Tomorrow
Remember the days when a video cassette recorder was the new thing, a personal computer was something you only used for word processing at your job, and phone booths were everywhere? Seems like only yesterday doesn't it? Lots of people have now moved on to a DVD player, replaced their computer diskettes with CDs, and grocery shop while talking on their cell phone.

The number of electronic devices we now can buy keeps growing and they seem to become obsolete right after the purchase. Technology can make life easier and more fun, but all that outdated equipment and accessories also create enormous amounts of unwanted and toxic trash.

For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that every month approximately 100,000 pounds of CDs become outdated, useless or unwanted and more than 5.5 million boxes of software go to landfills or incinerators. CDs and DVDs are made from mainly plastics and metals, such as aluminum, polycarbonate (a type of plastic made from crude oil and natural gas), lacquer made from acrylic, gold, chemical dyes partially made from petroleum products, and numerous other materials such as water, glass, silver and nickel. When they are manufactured and eventually disposed, they can release chemicals that contribute to global warming and create environmental and health problems. When we "reduce" - like borrowing a DVD from the library instead of buying it, reuse or recycle them, we conserve natural resources and decrease the quantity and toxicity of our trash.

DEP employees took steps in that direction Techno Trash" Swap and Recycling Collectionby holding a "Techno Trash" swap and recycling collection for CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, computer disks, audio tapes and jewel cases (the plastic cases that hold CDs). The event, held on Nov. 16 and 17 during lunchtime at DEP headquarters, was organized to celebrate America Recycles Day. Employees swapped things like outgrown Barney videos, an unloved The Carpenters Greatest Hits CD, and many more under appreciated, unopened or "why did I ever buy that?" movies, exercise tapes and music CDs. Someone even took home all of the jewel cases! DEP collected more than 150 pounds of materials in three "Techno Trash Cans".

The three "cans" of unwanted or damaged materials were sent to Green Disk for recycling. Green Disk, which is headquartered in Sammamish, WA, accepts diskettes, CDs, DVDs and jewel cases, video and audio tapes and their cases, inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, pagers and PDAs (personal digital assistants like Palm Pilots). Although there is a nominal cost involved to participate in their "Techno Trash" program, Green Disk provides a "Certificate of Destruction" with a bonded guarantee that the intellectual property and all of the materials are disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.

Green Disk's primary focus is on reuse, then recycling. They reformat and re-label outdated, but never used disks from software companies and then sell them in environmentally friendly packaging. These disks are thoroughly tested and guaranteed to be virus and error free. They also sell re-writable CDs in jewel cases made from the high quality plastics from recycling collections like the one held at the DEP. Even their packaging is made from recycled paper. So customers can recycle and close the loop by purchasing products with recycled content.

Some Tips on reducing CD and DVD waste
  • Find out if the information you're looking for on disk is available over the Internet. If so, you may not need to buy the disk at all.
  • If you do make a purchase, also consider buying the one with the least amount of packaging.
  • Prolong the life of your disks by keeping them out of direct sunlight and away from heat and water. To repair minor scratches, rub a mild abrasive (e.g. a non-gel toothpaste) on the non-label side in a circular motion from the center out-or bring the disk to an inexpensive commercial refinisher.
  • Buy used CDs and DVDs or borrow them to help reduce the environmental impact associated with manufacturing new products.
  • Dispose of unwanted CDs or DVDs only when you have no other choice. Instead, sell them to used CD stores, share or trade them with friends or donate them to schools, libraries, or other organizations.

Recycling Round-Up
Say it ain't so. No more Garbage Gazette
That's right. But it's not gone - the Garbage Gazette, the oldest DEP publication (since 1982) has transformed into the "Recycling Roundup" and, is officially being recycled into the P2 View. The Recycling Roundup will continue the work of the Garbage Gazette and cover recycling and other solid waste issues affecting our state. It's a natural fit. Recycling and pollution prevention (P2) aren't stand-alone issues. P2 is a broad topic encompassed by the big picture of sustainable development and climate change and waste and recycling issues are certainly important components of both.

In Connecticut, we have had mandatory recycling since 1991 and yet, after thirteen years there are still many challenges to overcome, some old and some new. Connecticut, like most of the rest of the country, has seen recycling rates level off. We need to get those rates climbing again. Why?

Because recycling and source reduction result in a myriad of environmental benefits such as: energy savings; conservation of natural resources; reduction in pollution emitted to our air and water; water conservation; and reduction in green house gas emissions. Case in point - source reduction and recycling issues are so important that the January 2004 report "Connecticut Climate Change Stakeholders Dialogue: Recommendations to the Governor's Steering Committee" included in its recommendations that the state pursue improving recycling and waste reduction efforts as a way to deal effectively with greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. Recycling and source reduction, like P2, help create a healthier world for future generations and ourselves by minimizing further damage and depletion of our natural resources. Recycling is one tangible activity that people can practice daily that illustrates the value of "thinking globally and acting locally."

But it's economic as well - we are running out of in-state solid waste disposal capacity. Unless we decrease the amount of waste requiring disposal, we may have to resort to more costly disposal options (including increased environmental impacts related to greater transportation distances). Any increase is a potential drain on already strained state and municipal budgets.

So welcome Recycling Round-up to the P2 View family. We'll explore potential solutions for dealing with our complex waste issues. We look forward to hearing from you.

Talking Trash
Over 70 people, including business owners, community leaders, local and state officials, college students and neighborhood activists, attended a community forum held in November on the Hartford Landfill. The forum was a chance for the community to discuss the facts and issues affecting the upcoming closure of the landfill, a regional facility that accepts waste and ash from 69 Connecticut towns. The Hartford Neighborhood Environmental Partnership (HNEP) co-sponsored the event.

The CT DEP's Office of Pollution Prevention initiated the HNEP in 1995 after receiving a grant to work with low-income Hartford neighborhoods to enhance economic opportunities and quality of life by raising environmental awareness and furthering environmental compliance. Along with DEP and neighborhood organizations, the partnership now includes representatives of city and regional government and non-profits promoting community gardening and advocating for health and environmental justice. The HNEP just recently received an award from the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice for its outstanding efforts to improve Hartford's environment.

Reading, Writing & Recycling
What has 90 thumbs and finds a second life for leftover lunch, old sneakers and cell phones?
It's the "Green Thumbs" club at Southeast Elementary School in Mansfield, Connecticut.

The club was formed four years ago with about a dozen students, several teachers and the town's recycling coordinator -- although students have been involved in the school's efforts to "green up" since 1994. At the end of lunch, all students sort their lunch tray and bag lunch leftovers into three separate barrels - food waste for composting, drink boxes and milk cartons for recycling, and non-recyclables for the trash. After receiving a $10,000 Toyota Tapestry grant in 1997 to purchase a commercial composter for the school, the town's recycling coordinator was able to expand the composting program to include two other schools. The club membership has grown over the years and the students have become environmental leaders at the school.

"Green Thumbs" is a play on words, not only referring to growing plants (out of the school's finished compost) but also the club's emphasis on caring for the earth. Green Thumbs students participate in fun activities that teach them the various aspects of sustainability and how to become environmental leaders. The school recycles all of the mandatory items (glass and metal containers, cardboard and paper), plus #1, and #2 plastics, sneakers, inkjet and laser cartridges, fluorescent bulbs, computers, household batteries and cell phones. Club members visit classrooms to demonstrate how to correctly use recycling bins. Other Green Thumbs activities include:
  • Participating in the composting process - screening it, mixing it into potting soil, starting heirloom seeds in the spring and selling the plants.
  • Creating gardens in various locations using the finished compost.
  • Learning about toxic vs. non-toxic cleaning products and how to make a non-toxic cleaning solution.
  • Holding events at the school to celebrate America Recycles Day (November 15th), such as a book swap and a "waste free" lunch.
  • Helping distribute "welcome bags" to college students living in off-campus apartments. The bags contained coupons from local businesses and instructions on how to recycle at their apartment.

Green Thumbs has been recognized for its efforts by the DEP for their environmental initiatives.

MAINE

The '2003 Waste Generation & Disposal Capacity Report' Released
The 2003 Solid Waste Generation and Disposal Capacity report, prepared and submitted biennially, under 38 MRSA § 2124-A, provides the Legislature and Governor with information on the volume and types of municipal solid waste generated in Maine and how those wastes are managed. The report also assesses the state's volume of landfill capacity with an eye toward planning for future capacity.

This report is completed and now available on the web site. Some quick takes: the statewide recycling rate for 2003 is calculated to be 35.5%. Even though the tonnage recycled by Mainers increased by approximately 30,000 tons, increased waste generation caused the recycling rate to drop from the 37.3% rate calculated in 2001. Maine residents, businesses, and visitors generated 2,019,998 tons of MSW in 2003, a nine percent increase from 2001.

In 2003, eight municipally-owned and operated landfills had just over two million cubic yards of capacity for municipal solid waste remaining, which is expected to serve their communities for about 13 years. The two existing commercially-owned landfills had about six million cubic yards of available capacity at the end of 2003. In total, the state has an estimated 5 to 6 years of remaining landfill capacity. (Capacity at the former Georgia Pacific landfill, now owned by the State Planning Office, is not considered in this estimation.)

The report also includes recommendations relating to the management of the municipal solid waste stream, including continuing efforts directed at reducing the toxicity of the municipal waste stream.

Disposal Ban on Mercury Products Took Effect January 1, 2005
A legislative ban that prohibits the disposal of household items containing mercury goes into effect on New Year's Day. Homeowners and residents will no longer be able to discard mercury-containing lamps, thermostats, thermometers, switches, relays, medical or scientific instruments, or any other device where mercury has been added in the manufacturing process in their household trash. Items that contain mercury, a hazardous metal, will need to be separated and taken to a municipally-designated collection facility or event for recycling and proper disposal. With this step, the Legislature aims to improve the management of toxic wastes to help protect our health and environment.

SPO furnishes grants (with little or no local match required) to help municipalities construct storage facilities and to implement programs to capture mercury products as well as universal (another category of household hazardous wastes) and electronic wastes. To date, SPO has awarded grants totaling nearly $800,000 to 63 public entities to construct regional facilities to collect these wastes. In addition, the office has awarded prefabricated storage sheds to public programs serving up to 55 communities to store mercury products and universal wastes awaiting collection and transport to the regional facilities. SPO has also proposed additional bond funding to continue to support these efforts. 

Information Clearinghouse Updated
SPO's Waste Management and Recycling Program has updated the state's online database of waste management and recycling contacts. The office is required by statute (Title 38 §2134) to maintain a list of recycling related contacts to be made available for public use. This information clearinghouse provides a listing of brokers, handlers, processors, transporters and other persons providing services and potential markets for recyclable material. 

The 'Maine Recycling Calendar 2005' Now Being Distributed
For the sixth year, calendars sporting the best posters of the Maine Recycles Week school contest are being mailed to municipal offices, recycling facilities, and schools throughout the state to continue promoting the value of recycling and buying products with recycled content. 

A number of prizes were awarded to schools that participated in Maine Recycles Week in November 2004, but the awards connected to the poster contest are a bit different. The Chewonki Foundation of Wiscasset will make environmental topic presentations to the classes of those students who submitted the top three winning posters. In addition, all of the students with their poster appearing in the calendar are invited to a reception at the Blaine House, hosted by the First Lady, on the afternoon of February 1, 2005.

Portland's Creative Resource Center Opens in New Surroundings & With a Slightly Different Approach
On Saturday, January 8, 2005, the Creative Resources Center (CRC) held an open house at their new facilities at 891 Brighton Avenue in Portland. Diana Johnston, the CRC Director, was joined by several members of her board of directors to welcome the media and the public, which included a member of the SPO waste management and recycling staff, to their new facilities. In April of 2004, the public was stunned by the announcement that the oldest resource center in the state was closing its doors for financial reasons. At that time however, those involved with the CRC vowed to solve the problems and reopen soon. After selling existing property and their van, the CRC has a new home where they will concentrate on the educational and creative aspects of reuse with individuals and groups, ranging from small children to adult.

The materials exchanges, or 'share centers,' of which there are now five in Maine, are viewed to fill an important role, especially in education. These 'reuse centers' collect excess products, safe and clean scrap materials, and other such items no longer wanted by businesses but which still have value, and redistribute these materials to Maine educators and the public. Children and adults in attendance on Saturday documented the success of these "share centers," which in the case of Portland's Creative Resource Center, has touched generations as it heads into its 30th year after its brief hiatus.

NEW YORK

State Support Awarded To IceStone® - Producer of Recycled Glass Product
Just this month, New York State's economic development agency, Empire State Development, awarded $199,074 from its Environmental Investment Program (EIP) to help IceStone®, LLC identify ways of addressing product quality issues, so that it can improve yield and meet demand for its impressive recycled glass product. Orders for IceStone®, a durable surface material made from 75% recycled glass and concrete, have been strong and growing. This research project, together with some minor modifications to the Brooklyn facility, will enable the company to continue to meet demand and grow.

IceStone® is unique. It has the strength, heat resistance and look of granite, but is not as porous as marble. It has been specified for use in countertops, backsplashes, vanities, tabletops, interior walls, and commercial floors and is available in 20 standard colors. And, because of its high recycled content, IceStone® materials can count toward LEED qualification.

The company exhibited at the U.S. Green Building Council's 2004 Greenbuild Conference in Portland, Oregon and is drawing attention from various social purpose investment funds. It has been featured in Dwell, Landscape Architecture magazine and Natural Home magazine, and is installed or specified for several prominent projects, including the Equinox Fitness Club in the new Time Warner Center in New York City and projects for Starbucks, Nokia, Aveda and Toyota/Lexus showrooms. 

PENNSYLVANIA

Application Announcement for the Recycling Markets Infrastructure Development Grant
Applications for the 2005 Recycling Markets Infrastructure Development Grant (Grant) are now available from the Department of Environmental Protection (Department). Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to qualified existing for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations that seek to purchase machinery or equipment that will result in increased consumption of recyclable materials recovered in Commonwealth. The Department will accept Grant applications until 4:00 p.m. on March 4, 2005.

The success of recycling programs is directly related to demand for recyclable goods. Strong, profitable recycling based businesses are good for the environment and the economy in this Commonwealth. The grant aims to build strong markets for recycled materials in Pennsylvania by assisting existing businesses or non-profit organizations with increasing their use of recyclable materials in the production of finished products.

Application Announcement for the Compost Infrastructure Development Grant Program
Applications for the 2005 Compost Infrastructure Development Grant Program (Program) are now available from the Department of Environmental Protection (Department). Under the program, qualified existing and operating for-profit business entities and non-profit organizations in the Commonwealth will be awarded grants to increase the quantity of yard waste and/or food wastes collected in this Commonwealth. The goal of this program is to increase the quantity of organic materials collected and composted to further increase this Commonwealth's recycling rate. Applications for the grant program will be accepted by the Department until 4:00 p.m. on March 4, 2005.

The municipal waste stream consists of over 30% organic materials that could be recycled and diverted from the waste stream and managed by composting. These organic waste streams such as yard and food wastes can become a resource to compost facilities that use these materials as feedstocks. Composting of organic wastes helps to lessen the burden on landfill capacity and creates a beneficial soil conditioner that can be marketed.

RHODE ISLAND

RIRRC Testifies in Support of Pay-As-You-Throw
RIRRC representatives testified before the Town of Tiverton Town Council in support of instituting a Pay-As-You-Throw program there. If the council votes to approve the new program, it will begin on July 1, the start of the town's fiscal year. Tiverton owns a 33-acre landfill in the south end of town and has been seeking ways to extend its life, which has a projected lifespan of about five years. The director of Tiverton's department of public works formerly oversaw the implementation of a PAYT program in Swansea, Mass., and has proposed the same for Tiverton. According to town officials, Tiverton presently recycles about 15% of its waste. Stay tuned: A public informational hearing on the matter was held on January 24.

Grant to Study Shrink Wrap Recycling Awarded
Recently, RIRRC presented a grant to the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association for a pilot Marine Shrink Wrap recycling program. The group, which represents 14 marinas, will launch a shrink wrap recycling program in the spring. It's estimated that 4,000 boat owners in the state uses plastic shrink wrap to winterize their crafts.

VERMONT

Agency of Natural Resources Offers $45,000 for Youth & Consumer Education (YCEd) Solid Waste Reduction Projects
The primary goal of these YCEd grants is to decrease waste generation and disposal in Vermont to meet the objectives of the State's Solid Waste Plan http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/wastediv/solid/SWPlanning.htm. Programs selected for funding could include development, printing, and distribution of education materials, purchase of educational programs or classroom presentations.

Towns and solid waste management organizations that have submitted a SWIP, and private organizations engaged in education are eligible to apply. For more information, contact Marc Roy .

Information Campaign on Launched Harmful Health Effects of Illegal Trash Burning
Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) is beginning a one-year public education effort to let Vermonters know that burning trash is illegal and can be harmful to our health.

Burning household trash, including plastic, electronic products, garbage, plastic coated cardboard, newspaper and tires is illegal in Vermont. While open-air burning is a long-standing tradition for some Vermonters, trash today is not the same as it was years ago. Today's trash contains plastics, metals and other synthetic materials. When burned in a burn barrel, woodstove, fireplace, or other open fire these items can emit dioxins and fumes known to cause cancer. These toxins are harmful to Vermonters, and especially children.

ANR surveyed Vermonters and found too many are still burning their trash. There are a variety of reasons why people burn trash, including convenience, cost, and family tradition. ANR will launch a media campaign in Spring 2005 with radio, print, and television ads to educate Vermonters on the harmful effects of trash burning.

Rest Area Training
As part of the Rest Area Container Recycling program, Marci Young of the VT Agency for Natural Resources and Natalie Starr of DSM Environmental ran a training session for Information Center employees. The staff also inquired about disposal of fluorescent light bulbs, working with Solid Waste Districts, environmentally-preferable cleaning products, acquiring recycled-plastic picnic tables and having America Recycles Day displays. For a copy of the training manual use the contact Marci Young.

Updated Computer Reuse & Recycling Web Page
The Agency for Natural Resources web page for computer reuse and recycling sites has recently been updated. 

OF GENERAL INTEREST

EPA National Electronics Conference: Moving From Concept to Implementation
EPA will bring together key electronics stakeholders March 1-March 2, 2005 (Please note change to dates) to discuss lessons learned to date and chart next steps for the design, purchasing, and end-of-life management of electronics. We hope that you will reserve these dates and join us in Washington, DC for this meeting.

Theme: "Moving From Concept to Implementation"
PURPOSE:
IDENTIFY AND CREATE ACTION PLANS FOR COLLABORATIVE AND SCALABLE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL IMMEDIATELY CONTRIBUTE TO A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF USED ELECTRONICS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

Participants in the EPA National Electronics Meeting will:
  1. Be updated on the challenges and opportunities encountered in nationwide electronics management programs and systems, public-private voluntary projects, and legislative initiatives;
  2. Confirm a collective commitment to a longer-term national system for the management of used electronics across the country;
  3. Create action plans for multiple and diverse projects for cross-industry and government collaboration that can move from conceptualization towards broad acceptance and implementation (e.g., National Center for Electronics Recycling, Third Party Organization, Host for Safe Management Guidelines, National Database); and
  4. Contribute to the development of a list of science/research questions that could be addressed by EPA's Office of Research and/or Development and a collection of other research organizations.

In addition to the two-day National Electronics Meeting, there will also be a pre-meeting on Cell Phone End-of-Life Management. This will take place on the afternoon of February 28, 2005 at the same location. The objective of this pre-meeting is to bring stakeholders together to identify concerns and goals for furthering participation in cell phone reuse and recycling programs.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Washington Plaza Hotel for the nights of February 27, February 28, and March 1. Please contact the Washington Plaza directly at 1-800-424-1140 or 202-842-1300 and mention the "EPA Electronics Meeting" to make a reservation and obtain the special room rate of $153/night.