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Rural Recycling Challenges and Opportunities John Kiehl Director of Regional Services Panhandle Regional Planning Commission Recykle Sentr.

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1 Rural Recycling Challenges and Opportunities John Kiehl Director of Regional Services Panhandle Regional Planning Commission Recykle Sentr

2 Panhandle Quick Facts: The Panhandle region encompasses the top 26 counties of the crown of Texas and is approximately 26,000 square miles in area. Based on land mass, the Panhandle is larger than 10 other states of the Union including: Rhode Island – 1,231 Sq MiMassachusetts – 9,241 Sq Mi Delaware – 2,397 Sq MiNew Hampshire – 9,283 Sq Mi Connecticut – 5,544 Sq MiVermont – 9,615 Sq Mi Hawaii – 6,459 Sq MiMaryland – 12,297 Sq Mi New Jersey – 8,215 Sq MiWest Virginia – 24,232 Sq Mi District of Columbia – 68 Sq Mi 2008 Regional Population Estimate: 413,019 people + 5,000,000 head of live stock On average, our regional population density is about 15.9 people per square mile Outside of Potter/Randall County, average density is 7.7 persons per square mile

3 Panhandle Environmental Partnership Municipal Recycling/Baling Facilities 12 PEP communities have also been equipped with scrap metal recycling programs

4 Our typical Local Recycling Program Starter Kit consists of: A vertical baler A building to house the operation A skid loader with several attachments A set of floor scales to measure bale weights A yard ramp to load the bales onto trucks Recycling dumpsters MOST IMPORTANTLY!! Our PEP Marketing Agreement

5  The most critical element is market assurance  We’ve been able to accomplish that objective through our regional marketing agreements with CTRA  Equipping/development of local recycling programs  Where we can, we’ve been able to use regional solid waste grant funds to provide the start-up capital needed to get local recycling programs going  Provide training as necessary  As needed, we work with existing area programs to provide start- up training (mentorship) for new program operators. CTRA has also assisted us with our training efforts over the years

6  Provide shipping coordination  We facilitate the pick-up of loads and communicate the status of the pick-up schedule with the shipping community  We use solid waste grant funds to underwrite shipping costs so that in no instance will a community lose money on a load  Document the payment process  Checks come into our office in one envelope and go out the same day in another  This allows us to capture the information about the quantity and type of material recycled with each load  Provide monthly updates to our PEP members  Each month, we send every member a copy of the monthly material price sheet along with a few words of encouragement

7 FY08-09 PANHANDLE ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIP ~ Summary of Recycling Activities ~ Report Date:27-Aug-09 Cash Other Tons Received Savings Costs OCC to Date $ 52, Newsprint to Date87.6 $ 7, Mixed Paper to Date16.83 $ 1, SOW to Date43.2 $ 5, OTHER to Date15.21 $ 2, Scrap Metal to Date $ 14, Shipping Costs to Date $ 6, Avoided Landfill Costs to Date $ 29, Totals to Date for 2009:1, $ 83, $ 29, $ 6, Totals for 2008:1, $ 130, $ 27, $ Totals to Date:2, $ 213, $ 57, $ 6, Biennium Totals:2, $ 157, $ 58, $ 2, % Increase/(Decrease) for Current 2-Year Report Period:98.7%135.7%98.7%235.9% ** - Still have 10 more loads to add to this tally

8  We conservatively estimate that our landfill avoidance costs average $25 a ton  In 2008, the average return on a ton of material recycled was $  In 2009, the average return on a ton of material recycled dropped to $  The average return on a ton of material recycled for the two-year period was $  Many of our communities collect their materials at drop-off centers or through the use of limited collection routes to pick up at high volume generation points  So, we can assume an additional savings in collection costs; we just can’t put a good number to what that savings might be  These are some of the financial arguments we use to highlight the direct benefits to communities contemplating the start of a recycling program

9 Apathy Logistics Sustainability  We’re an Arid Exempt region so our landfilling costs are low  Most people support recycling as long as its convenient  The need to collect as much material as possible with as little effort (cost) as possible  Some materials (e.g., plastics) present management issues which if not addressed will limit a program’s possibilities  If you’re not growing, you’re dying  Changes in key personnel can affect the well-being of programs If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it & preserve the status quo But I already gave at the office!!

10 Stable and growing markets Building on past successes Growth in public expectations  Our foundational markets (paper, cardboard, steel) have been rebounding  Federal influence in pushing green initiatives should help to promote continued growth of recycling markets in the future  Each year, we work to encourage our PEP members to strive to out-produce their previous year totals  Non-recycling communities in our area will experience diversion envy  Generally, recycling is becoming entrenched in the public psyche  In-migration from other parts of the country where recycling is already firmly established is stoking those expectations

11 Recycling CostsDisposal Costs BEING GREEN IS GOOD….. BEING PRACTICALLY GREEN IS BETTER STILL Though we’d like to see it happen, we don’t promise our communities that they’ll get fat off their recycling program(s)


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