Buy It Again !
Newsletter of the New Jersey Buy Recycled Business Network –Winter, 1999

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
Steven Rinaldi, NJDEP, Bureau of Recycling and Planning, Co-Chair
Al Fralinger, PSE&G, President of ANJR
Jim Kerstein, Polywood, Inc.
Peter A. Marcalus, Marcal Paper Mills, Inc.
Ben Marks, Rainbow Eco Specialties
Aletha Spang, Recycling Unlimited

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…

  • Re-Sails, a company based in Newport, Rhode Island, makes nautical-themed clothing and accessories, such as duffel bags and jackets, from worn sails. The sail recycler has established a catalog mailing service, as well as website ( to help customers order merchandise.
  • "Recycled Re-Seen: Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap" is a travelling exhibition that explores the aesthetic and cross-cultural process of recovering and transforming so-called "junk" into handmade objects of renewed meaning and beauty. The exhibition will visit the Morris Museum from April 12 through June 21, 1999. Contact the Morris Museum at 973-538-0454 ext.254 or at for additional information.
  • Amazing Recycled Products has established a website ( that they hope will be one of the most extensive sites in regard to recycled products. The company has been manufacturing and distributing recycled products since 1990.
  • Tri-Vitro of Seattle, Washington produces a finely processed recycled glass product that can be used in silica sand pool filter systems. The recycled glass has been shown to perform better and last longer than conventional sand. It will be used in the pool at the Washington Goodwill Games. The company can be contacted at 360-733-2122.
  • The State of New Jersey recently distributed Buy Recycled informational payroll inserts to approximately 100,000 employees at the state, county and local levels.

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 NJDCA’s 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 firm’s 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 DaimlerChrysler’s environmental affairs department, the new policy which originated at the company’s 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
Joseph Verga, Bell Atlantic – Co-Chair
Steven Rinaldi, NJDEP, Bureau of Recycling and Planning – Co-Chair, 609-984-3438

Editor: Steven Rinaldi