Bob Condon (rec@EPOCH.COM)
Tue, 7 Feb 1995 15:46:12 -0500
There was a question about how can we raise
a lot of money from recycling.
The premice that one of the local towns is that
people throw away too much "stuff" (papers,
newspapers, bottles, cans, plastic etc) and it
goes to the local burning plant and is used as fuel
to generate electricity in a power plant.
A group got together and proposed that a major recycling effort would
begin using a scheduler (volunteer in town) and volunteer groups
to staff the recycling center. The incentive would be $$$$$.
They negociated a recycling plan with the town trash hauler
and basically said that if you want trash pickup in town
then you need to (help us/provide) an outlet for paper, glass
The town, through state grants, had 6-8 transfer units
(40 feet long x 10 feet high x 8 feet wide) which are rolled onto
a trailer built and stationed in an open paved lot one Saturday
There are several components to this setup:
1. Newspapers - are separated and put into a pair of
2. glass and plastic are taken at the street directly,
3. junk mail, magazines are put in at a station (2 units)
4. town hockey team gets cans, plastic returnable bottles.
5. magazine collection at the schools. - Smaller units there.
All the revenue received above is devided in 2. 1/2 goes to the
staff group, 1/2 goes to the town.
The town is thrilled to get REVENUE for what they would have to pay
to be burned, the town is also thrilled because they are paying
"overage" charges because they have too much tash due to the growth
of the town.
The staff groups need to be available to assist homeowners with their stuff
by stacking newspapers etc in the bins and keeping the trash contained on the
property. they start at 8:30 and end at 4:30 (2 - 4 hour shifts)
Newspapers yield about $500 for each group (town /staff org)
Junk mail yields about $200 each group
Town hockey team yields $700 town gets $0- There has been a
bit of a fight of other groups can get into this pocket of cash!
Magazines yields about $200 each group
Sorry to take so long for this reply
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City