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1 Esther K. Davis Trans-Jordan Landfill Compliance and Safety Coordinator/ Public Education November 22, 2013 Utah Debate Conference 2013

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4 2011 Material Weight Generated Weight Recovered Recovery as Percent of Generation Weight Discarded Plastics %29.19 Utah Debate Conference 2013

5 2011 Material Weight Generated Weight Recovered Recovery as Percent of Generation Weight Discarded Plastics %29.19 Paper and paperboard %24.12 Utah Debate Conference 2013

6 Municipal Solid Waste 350 pounds of uncompacted plastic takes up twenty times the space!. Plastic Bottles 1 yd 3 of Uncompacted municipal solid waste weighs 350 lbs. Utah Debate Conference 2013

7 Municipal Solid Waste 350 pounds of uncompacted plastic takes up twenty times the space!. Plastic Bottles 1 yd 3 of Uncompacted municipal solid waste weighs 350 lbs. Utah Debate Conference 2013

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12 These fences are 16’ high. Over 70% of trash caught on fence is plastic bags! Utah Debate Conference 2013

13 the number of landfills has decreased from almost 8,000 in 1988 to 1,767 in Factors for landfill closings: Regulations protecting the environment of become more stringent Consolidation Use of plastics have filled the landfills at a increased rate since Utah Debate Conference 2013

14 Glass Environmentally cleaner Breakable Heavy to use and heavy to ship Metal Environmentally cleaner Less pleasing as you cannot see contents Still lined with plastic to prevent metal corrosion Utah Debate Conference 2013

15 Some items are better with plastic such as: Medical items Automobile parts (less weight better fuel mileage) Utah Debate Conference 2013

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17 National Recycling Rates Salt Lake County Recycling Rate 47% 15% Utah Debate Conference 2013

18 I don’t know what the types of plastic are? I don’t know which plastics can be recycled? I don’t want to wash my recycling, do I have too? Utah Debate Conference 2013

19 Let’s make this easy: All clean plastic containers can be recycled One exception….styrofoam No need to know numbers If in doubt, if it is clean, throw it in the recycle can! Utah Debate Conference 2013

20 Reduce the amount of plastics that you bring home. Re-use the containers that you can Recycle all clean plastic containers…except Styrofoam If in doubt and it is clean…put it in the recycle can! Utah Debate Conference 2013

21 Biocycle magazine, Environmental Research and Education Foundation, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, “Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2011,” U.S. EPA, Office of Solid Waste, National Solid Wastes Managment Association, “National Source Reduction Characterization Report,” U.S. EPA, Office of Solid Waste, Utah Debate Conference 2013

22 Elementary Policy The State of Utah should ban the use of plastic shopping bags and bottles. Jr. High/ Middle School Policy The State of Utah should establish a policy significantly decreasing plastic waste. Jr. High/ Middle School L-D Individuals have a moral obligation to reduce plastic waste in their communities. Utah Debate Conference 2013

23 Esther Davis Compliance and Safety Coordinator - Environmental Educator S. Bacchus Hwy (U-111) PO Box South Jordan UT ext fax Utah Debate Conference 2013


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