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Virtual tips for managing the environmentBy Phil RiebelWith the daily activities, numerous projects and meetings on the go, the last thing on our minds may be to take a few hours to browse the Intern...


January 1, 2002
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Virtual tips for managing the environmentBy Phil Riebel

With the daily activities, numerous projects and meetings on the go, the last thing on our minds may be to take a few hours to browse the Internet for environmental news and opportunities. However, the time spent researching the Net usually advances our environmental expertise or the performance of the company.

For many pulp and paper companies, solid waste reduction has been an important environmental objective. With this in mind I have identified some of the more useful web sites for Canadian mills. Since my last extensive search there has been an explosion of B2B (business-to-business) sites. For example, the Yahoo B2B link for “Environment” will show several potentially useful sites, some of which are listed below.

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Organization/NameURLComments
American Forest andwww.afandpa.orgThe site has a section on recycling
Paper Association (AF&PA)that includes teacher tools for
educators.
CanadianEnvironmental.comwww.canadianenvironmental.com
A good resource for
environmental managers.
Calendar of events, information
by topics, all Canadian
environmental regulations
on-line, products / services by
topic and geographical area.
Good for finding specialized
suppliers and consultants.
The Composting Councilwww.compost.orgCentral resource and network for
of Canadathe composting industry.
Cutting Paperhttp://eetd.lbl.gov/paperA site focused entirely on how to
reduce paper waste. Good
educational materials to promote
paper recycling in the mill.
Fiber Clay Councilwww.fiberclayFiber clay is another term for
clarifier (primary) solids. The
council helps the industry
promote the use of fiber clay as a
raw material for other products
(household, agricultural,
industrial, civil engineering)
Global Recycling Networkhttp://grn.com/grn/home.htm
Re-groups many companies and
services in the recycling industry
The Internet Consumerhttp://www.obviously.com/recycle
Recycling GuideMany recycling tips and facts to
use for educational materials and
communications.
Internet Recycling andwww.recycle.cc/resource.htm
Composting Resource PageLinks to equipment, products and
services by topics (i.e.
compactors, composters, odor
control, publications)
National Council for Air andwww.ncasi.orgTechnical news and reports on all
Stream Improvementpulp and paper environmental
(NCASI)issues. Good reports on recycling
/re-using ash, fiber clay, biosolids.
For member companies only.
Parkson Corporationwww.parkson.comThe Thermo-System appears like
an innovative sludge drying
technology for biosolids
Recycled Paper Coalitionwww.papercoalition.orgRe-groups organizations,
publications, products & services,
paper manufacturer’s and
distributors involved with
recycling paper
Recycling and hazardouswww.omega-systems.caSolvent recovery, hazardous
waste recovery systemswaste disposal, compactors
Recycling containerswww.wastewarrior.comRecycling containers
Secondary fiber inc.www.secondaryfiber.comB2B site, recycled fiber broker,
provides access to secondary fiber
and markets
Waste reduction Tipswww.recycle.cc/tips.htmAn on-line subscriber service that
provides many waste reduction
tips that can be used to educate
mill personnel
Solid waste andwww.solidwastemag.comCanada’s magazine on collection,
recycling magazinehauling, processing and disposal,
the latest news in the field
U.S. EPA Office ofwww.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/rrr.htm
Solid WasteGood site touching all aspect of
waste reduction.

The search led to the following immediate benefits:

A good paper on beneficial use of paper-mill residue compost in potato production

Much educational material on solid waste reduction in offices, homes and communities that will be used to promote recycling around the mill and in a joint project with the municipality (in newsletters, fact sheets, presentations).

A yearly membership to “Waste Reduction Tips”, an e-news service.

Contacts for three Canadian suppliers of waste compactors to obtain proposals. Compactors are used to crush waste paper into bales that are then picked up for transport to board mills for re-use.

A contact name and additional information to begin evaluating a new biosolids dewatering technology for the solids dredged from an ASB.

Information on two solid waste management software packages that may be useful to track opportunities and cost savings

Information on a new erosion control technology that uses compost blankets, tubes and socks

Contacts at two companies that specialize in ash re-use

A number of these findings have triggered phone calls, discussions and requests for more information. Some of the findings will result in time and/or cost savings and improved environmental performance. It is so easy to get focused on the day-to-day that we sometimes forget the benefits of education and research.

Phil can be reached at phil.riebel@upm-kymmene.com.


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