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|Partnership Formed to Advance
Buy Recycled Program
While not quite a mega-merger, the recent partnership that was formed between the New Jersey Buy Recycled Business Network (Network) and the Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR) should result in a more dynamic, proactive and efficient Buy Recycled organization. The Network shall remain an independent organization but shall be affiliated with ANJR just as the Network is affiliated with the Buy Recycled Business Alliance of the National Recycling Coalition, Inc. The partnership will not only help the Network expand its scope of activities, but also its role as an organization that can influence the marketplace through its members demand for recycled products.
Integral to the newly formed partnership is the reorganization of the Network. As part of this endeavor, a governing board (see related article below) has been formed. Member dues, to be established by the Board, will fund Network activities starting in January, 2000. The NJDEP, Bureau of Recycling and Planning will provide funding for Network activities through 1999.
Network Board Established
Leading the New Jersey Buy Recycled Business Network through its reorganization and into the new millennium is a seven-person governing Board that includes two co-chairs, as well as the President of the Association of New Jersey Recyclers. The Board is comprised as follows:
Joseph Verga, Bell Atlantic, Co-Chair
The key responsibilities of the newly created Board include establishing an annual work plan, scope of services and members dues schedule for the year beginning January 1, 2000.
Did You Know
Innovative Housing Program Embraces Recycled Products
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA), in collaboration with PSE&G, initiated The Sustainable Development/Afford-able Housing Pilot Program this past December. The purpose of the program is to promote sustainable development in the context of affordable, energy efficient housing. Listed as one of the key sustainable design strategies of the program is the use of materials that incorporate recycled content, have reduced toxicity and are recyclable, repairable and durable.
Successful applicants will receive a subsidy through NJDCAs Balanced Housing Program, which has set aside enough funding to produce up to 100 units. Additional financial incentives will be provided by the PSE&G Energy Efficient Home (EEH) 5-Star Program. For further information, contact Peggy Huchet of the NJDCA, Division of Housing and Community Resources at 609-633-6284.
Use of Recycled Products in Road Construction Focus of Seminar
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in conjunction with the Cook College Office of Continuing Professional Education, will be presenting a half-day seminar on May 13, 1999 on the use of recycled products and materials in road construction and maintenance. The seminar will provide detailed information from a variety of road engineering experts, including representatives from the NJDOT, industry and academia. Among other things, the seminar will explore the use of reclaimed asphalt pavement and recycled concrete aggregate, the NJDOT approval process for new recycled materials and NJDOT research findings. The seminar will be held at the Holiday Inn in Jamesburg. Please contact Chris Krupka at 732-932-9271 for further information and registration details.
uto Maker to Require Recycled Content
In one of the strongest stances on the use of recycled materials in the manufacturing of automobiles to date, DaimlerChrysler AG plans to force parts suppliers to add as much as 40 percent recycled content to future products. DaimlerChrysler will apply the mandate to plastic, aluminum, ferrous, rubber and glass component suppliers.
For plastic parts, DaimlerChrysler is asking suppliers to provide at least 20 percent recycled content by weight in 2000. By 2002 and beyond, that percentage climbs to 30 percent, according to the firms policy.
By 2002, the automaker is requiring a minimum of 25 percent recycled content from aluminum-based products, 35 percent from ferrous metal parts and 25 percent from a general "other" category, which includes rubber, liquid chemicals and glass. The policy calls for rises in percentages by the year 2010 for some of the materials.
According to DaimlerChryslers environmental affairs department, the new policy which originated at the companys Auburn Hills, Michigan headquarters is a response to pressures in Europe to make vehicles more recyclable and to beliefs that a recycling policy can help the company economically. The company will phase in the program immediately on all Chrysler-based vehicles, a spokesman said.
(Source: Scrap Tire News, February, 1999)
New Jersey Buy Recycled Business Network
Editor: Steven Rinaldi