Issue # 16
PEP Rally! P
Any mower will work!
Set your mower to only remove 1/3 of the grass leaf surface.
Leave clippings on the lawn to provide muchneeded nutrients to your lawn: Protein
as much as 60-80%
decay process. Left to decay
in some parts of the
naturally, leaf waste can take
approximately two years.
This massive, seasonal volume of yard waste can put a strain on municipal garbage
Tis the season! Grass, leaves and other wastes from lawn care and backyard gardens account for an estimated 18% of the annual municipal waste stream. The percentage and
composition of yard waste
son. During the summer,
Ya r d Wa s t e
Grass Mulching Made Easy!
varies from season to seagrass can comprise up to 50% of municipal waste. Leaf waste can account for
With human intervention, making compost can take as little as 14 days. In American lawns and
gardens, this material is re-
and on the landfill.
moved as “waste” and nutri-
The high volume of
ent and conditioners must be
yard waste and the moisture
added back in to promote
content both create difficulty
healthy growth. Compost is
made of the same materials
Yard waste is recyclable! Nature breaks down plant waste through decay and forms a rich, dark soil called “humus”, which returns nutrients to the soil, improves soil texture, and promotes new plant growth. Composting is an accelerated version of the natural
and has the same properties as humus. When used as mulch, it can modify soil temperatures, reduce erosion, control weeds and improve moisture retention. Many Panhandle communities offer yard waste separation dumpsters for residents and offer compost to their residents.
MSW Classes CANCELED All Amarillo College Municipal Solid Waste Courses for Summer, 2012 are canceled due to lack of an instructor.
Monday, March 26, 2012
PEP Regional Marketing Contract Participants
Elizabeth Thomas, Regional Services Program Coordinator
CTRA Monthly Price Sheet
Below you will find the current market prices for April, 2012. Just like any other market, recycling is ruled by supply and demand. When SOW was the best paying commodity everyone sent their bales to market, thus, driving a 10.53% decrease in the price. I guess the demand for plastic is the name of the game this month because all three types are seeing double-digit increases. Steel and aluminum are both down slightly and most of the papers held steady. Give me a call when you are ready for a pick-up. Thanks for everything you do for the Panhandle! â€Śelizabeth COMMODITIES Steel Cans UBC (Aluminum Cans) PET HDPE Natural HDPE Colored HDPE & PET OCC (Corrugated) * ONP (#6 News) * Deink (#8 News) SOW (High Grade) White Ledger CPO Computer Paper Mixed Paper
Feb-12 Mar-12 $ 130.00* $ 128.00
$ $ $ $
950.00 $ 300.00 $ 388.00 $ 258.00 $ scale price
994.00 340.00 420.00 310.00 scale price
$ $ $ $ $ $
25.00* 63.00 75.00 * 200.00 * 140.00 60.00
25.00* 68.00 95.00* 200.00* 140.00 65.00
$ $ $ $ $ $
% of Change Apr-12 -1.54% $ 120.00 4.63% $ 954.00 13.33% $ 380.00 8.25% $ 480.00 20.16% $ 370.00 NA scale price 5.00% $ 105.00 0.00% $ 25.00 7.94% $ 68.00 26.67% *$ 85.00 0.00% $ 200.00 0.00% $ 140.00 8.33% $ 65.00
* * * *
% of Change May-12 -6.25% -4.02% 11.76% 14.29% 19.35% NA 0.00% * 0.00% * 0.00% -10.53% * 0.00% * 0.00% 0.00%
% of Change
% of Change
12-Month Change + -80.83% -70.21% -48.95% -34.79% -38.38% NA -4.76% -128.00% -86.40% -151.76% -34.00% -78.57% -53.85%
Emboldened Commodities indicates those materials for which guaranteed floor prices have been set. Emboldened Amounts indicates that the floor prices have been reached. Direct Mill Runs are available for full loads of a single baled commodity and can be shipped at no cost to the member.
* - Represents an average of the cost range provided this month for this material + - Represents the percentage of change from the current month prices versus the prices from the same month in 2005.
The PEP Rally Newsletters and Market Reports are available on the PRPC website under the Solid Waste Program Page: www.theprpc.org