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Newsletter of the New Jersey Buy Recycled Business Network
Building a Greener New Jersey
"Green" building, once an unfamiliar concept, has become widely recognized as an environmental and economic building strategy that makes sense. Among other things, "green" building techniques promote the use of recycled building products and furnishings, energy efficiency, the use of renewable sources of energy such as solar energy and other sustainable design features. Companies can greatly enhance their public image by embracing environmentally responsible design and construction when building or renovating headquarters, offices or other facilities.
In order to advance this message, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Commerce & Economic Growth Commission, Office of Sustainable Business, in conjunction with the Cook College Office of Continuing Professional Education, will host the Building a Greener New Jersey: Use of Recycled Products, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Design Features in "Green" Building Conference and Trade Show on October 4, 2000 at the Holiday Inn in Jamesburg, New Jersey.
For more information, contact Steven Rinaldi of the NJDEP at 609-984-3438 or Carol Broccoli of Cook College at 732-932-9271.
Second Life for Bottle Caps
Hag Inc. of Norway has developed an ergonomically sound office chair that is made from recycled bottle caps. Hag Scio chairs are made from recycled polypropylene bottle caps that have been separated from returned bottles at soft drink plants. According to the companys Environmental Manager, the recycled materials have been found to be equal - and in some respects, even better - in quality than the non-recycled materials that would otherwise be utilized. Approximately 100 tons of bottle caps per year can be recycled into 50,000 Hag Scio chairs. For further information, visit the company website at www.haginc.com and follow the "Body & Soul" link.
Did You Know
BRBA Wraps Up Message
The Buy Recycled message has been promoted on a series of "cover wraps" on the Harvard Business Review this past year. This program, which was initiated by the national Buy Recycled Business Alliance (BRBA), is designed to reach and influence the Fortune 1000 CEOs and other opinion leaders throughout the United States.
Buy Recycled Fact Sheets Available
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has updated its Buy Recycled Fact Sheets with 18 additional items and new case studies for all of the Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG) product categories. While the CPG applies directly to Federal agencies, it also applies to state and local government agencies and contractors using appropriated Federal funds. The fact sheets are available at http://www.epa.gov/cpg/factshts.htm and should be available free of charge in hard copy within several months. To order free copies contact EPAs RCRA Hotline at 1-800-424-9346. The document numbers are EPA530-F-00-09 through 16.
Scrap Tires Underfoot
Rubbercycle, Inc. of Lakewood, New Jersey produces a number of innovative products made from scrap tires. Through the use of various types of processing equipment, Rubbercycle has developed "Playsafer", a playground safety surface, "Surefoot" equestrian arena protective footing and "Grassroots", a special soil amendment designed for placement under compacted turf. Rubbercyle, Inc. is a NJDEP approved recycling center. For further information, visit the companys website at www.rubberecycle.com or call 732-363-0600.
Sustainable Business Report Highlights Recycled Products
The New Jersey Commerce & Economic Growth Commission, Office of Sustainable Business recently released a report on sustainable business actions in New Jersey called "Greening the Garden State." The report identifies and showcases more than 300 companies that are taking sustainable actions in New Jerseys energy, manufacturing, agricultural and chemical sectors.
Recycled and remanufactured products are featured in the "Re-Made in New Jersey" section of the report, as are products sold for reuse. Over 120 New Jersey operations involved in the manufacture or distribution of such products are highlighted in the report. Several members of the New Jersey Buy Recycled Business Network are featured in "Greening the Garden State." They are as follows: Babek Commercial Tire Service, For the Future, Garden State Paper Company, Inc., Homasote Company, Marcal Paper Mills, Inc., MBP Technologies, Inc., Pro Auto Recyclers, Rainbow Eco Specialties and T.M. Fitzgerald & Associates. For a copy of the report, call the Office of Sustainable Business at 609-777-0885.
New Jersey Buy Recycled Business Network
Editor: Steven Rinaldi