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#50 - Incinerator Fighters, Recycling Advocates Get Monthly Source Of News: Materials Recovery Repor, 08-Nov-1987

If you're fighting an incinerator or a landfill (or both), you need to
know about what's happening with these technologies. And you need to
keep abreast of the alternatives, such as re-use and recycling. A new
newsletter focused on these topics has just appeared--MATERIALS
RECOVERY REPORT (MRR) edited by Mary Lou VanDeventer. Ms. VanDeventer
is taking over some of the publishing load that Ellen and Paul Connett
have been carrying the past couple of years. The Connetts'
organization, Work on Waste--U.S.A., will continue to get out
information but it will be supplemented regularly by MATERIALS RECOVERY
REPORT.

Ms. VanDeventer says the subject of her newsletter is "comprehensive
recycling systems that receive discarded materials and turn them back
into productive resources. An integral part of this effort, MRR opposes
technologies that compete with comprehensive recycling by treating
discards as garbage, which contaminates useful materials. Such systems
are now the dominant method of handling discards. New versions of them
are widely touted as solutions to the current 'garbage crisis,' which
the old versions created."

True to her credo, Ms. VanDeventer's first issue of MRR describes how
Marin County, California is already recycling about 25% of its
discards. A new $9.5 million Resource Recovery Center, which opened in
April, 1987, looks like it will eventually recycle 50% of the county's
discards. (To put a $9.5 million investment into perspective: a
municipal solid waste (msw) incinerator often costs more than $100
million.) A recycling success story like this one will be hard for
local officials to ignore.

On the other side of the coin, this first issue of MRR contains
ammunition useful to incinerator fighters: John J. Sullivan, president
and CEO of Signal Energy Systems, a manufacturer of municipal solid
waste (msw) incinerators, predicts that 50% of existing contracts
between incinerator companies and municipalities will be violated
because the plants will not produce the promised amount of energy per
ton of garbage, or because the necessary garbage, supposedly guaranteed
to the incinerator by contact terms, won't be available. "The loss
associated with the missing [energy per] ton and missed throughput
levels [of garbage to burn in the plant] will have to be paid for by
either the vendor or by the community, depending on the way the
contract is written." The economic life of an incinerator depends upon
a guaranteed source of fuel (garbage) and a steady output of energy. If
these assumptions aren't met, who will pay off the huge loans?
Incinerator fighters will want to look closely at the proposed contract
in their town.

Another success story in the first issue of MRR is the birth of The
Arise Foundation Antipollution Committee, a group formed to fight the
Miami Monster, one of the nation's most notorious msw incinerators and
a major source of pollution in Dade County. Arise Foundation's leader
is Ed Benson, an environmental fighter with the tenacity of a bulldog
and a genius for publicity. Mr. Benson and his fellow Miamians have
revealed that the Monster, which used to be touted as the technology of
the future, has made people sick and polluted the Biscayne aquifer.

MRR is a fine newsletter. And useful. Many of the stories contain a
paragraph that begins with a star and the words To Do; what follows is
some action citizens can take to promote recycling and discourage
belching incinerators and leaking landfills.

Get this monthly newsletter from Materials World Publishing, 1089
Curtis, Albany, CA 94706; phone (415) 524-8883. It's $25/year (12
issues).

Visitors are welcome at the Marin Resource Recovery Center, 565 Jacoby
St., San Rafael, CA 94901; phone (415) 485-5646. Joe Garbarino is the
driving force here. If you can't get to San Rafael, you can still see
this recycling center in operation: buy a videotape from Roger Bailey
at Video-Active Productions, Box 322, Rt. 2, Canton, NY 13617. Ask for
Tape No. 9: "Joe Garbarino, 'Recycling--The Only Way to Go!'" It's
$25.00. While you're at it, ask for a complete list of Video-Active's
videos on recycling.

The Connetts' organization, Work on Waste--USA, can be reached at 82
Judson Street, Canton, NY 13617. Everyone should join Work on Waste--
USA. Phone (315) 379-9200.

Ed Benson's impressive research and publicity efforts have turned the
tables on the Miami Monster, providing solid evidence that this
incinerator is a dog, a turkey, a disaster. If you want to see examples
of effective publicity, write Ed Benson and ask for samples of his
work. The Arise Foundation needs donations so they can keep the Miami
Monster in the public eye; thanks to people like Ed, the next Miami
Monster will be much easier to defeat. Send donations to Arise at One
Costa del Sol, Boulevard, Miami, FL 33178; phone (305) 592-2767.

--Peter Montague

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FREE EPA REPORTS ON INDOOR AIR POLLUTION AVAILABLE NOW, BUT YOU BETTER
GET YOUR ORDER IN SOON

U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has just published the full
report of the TEAM study showing that indoor air pollution is worse
than outdoor air pollution even in heavily industrialized areas like
Bayonne, NJ. (See HWN #43). We received a 192-page hard-bound SUMMARY
AND ANALYSIS: VOLUME 1 and a 14-page PROJECT SUMMARY free from: EPA
Center for Environmental Research Information in Cincinnati, OH; phone
(513) 569-7391. The hardbound volume is EPA document number EPA/600/6-
87/002a and the project summary is document No. EPA/600/S-6-87/002. The
full four-volume TEAM study is available for $151 from National
Technical Informa-tion Service (NTIS), 5285 Port Royal Road,
Springfield, VA 22161; phone (703) 487-4650. The order number for the
full set is PB 88-100 052. The individual volumes are also sold
separately.

We suggest you order the free reports soon (like pick up the phone now)-
-they probably won't last long.

--Peter Montague

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Descriptor terms: indoor air pollution; epa; msw; incineration; work on
waste usa; recycling; miami, fl; fl; dade county, fl; ed benson;