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Issue # 16

May, 2012

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as much as 60-80%

decay process. Left to decay

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naturally, leaf waste can take

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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

Nitrogen

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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

collection systems

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

in collection.

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.


MEMORANDUM DATE:

Monday, March 26, 2012

TO:

PEP Regional Marketing Contract Participants

FROM:

Elizabeth Thomas, Regional Services Program Coordinator

SUBJECT:

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! ‌elizabeth 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

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100.00* $

105.00*

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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

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% 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

Jun-12

% of Change

Jul-12

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


Solid Waste Newsletter - #12 - December 2011