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Teru Talk Newsletter

Volume II, Issue 28, July 9, 2012 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "Terú")  

Teru's Trash Talk

We're all working to make better use of the materials we have and use. We are all figuring out how to throw less of those resources away, how to take things we don't need and make them into things we, or others among us, will need later. Part of this effort is because it's the "right thing to do", a matter of conscience. A lot of this is because we are realizing we had better , before we can no longer afford the things we really need even if we could  find them. Why is this so difficult? It takes work, and it usually costs more money up front than it does to just "junk it", to release those resources for disposal. But mostly, well … because it's inconvenient.

Business occurs when something that needs to be done can make a profit . Government is there, it seems, to make us do the rest. That's pretty much the way we handle Trash in general: "Here: take this, and, make it go away." But Government is susceptible to pressure. Our Representatives, er, who say  they  represent us … erects barriers to one group because another group screams loud enough. That's MY territory! Don't let them get MY stuff! … and another bunch of Rules go into place.

So, why do YOU think the people who broker our "recyclable materials" have been leaning so hard for so long on our Legislative Representatives? They don't want interference in their business , and they've had the moxie (and the Money) to Do Something about it. It's understandable  in a way.  If we have Government Approved remanufacturing facilities right here in California that can cleanly complete Total Recycling, brokers will be under more pressure to Keep It Local. They'll lose some of the ability to hunt down the Best Deal. But wait just a minute: if we have Local Recycled Goods Reprocessing, won’t that be cheaper? I mean, think of all the diesel saved, and just Think of the greenhouse gas emissions we could avoid! Won't it be just so much easier and better and cheaper to send those bales of plastic across the street, instead of across the Pacific?

Hey Rube!

If you still are in Business (no joke) and you spend money getting rid of stuff left over when you do business, consider this: it ain't Waste until you say it is. These corner-pieces and loose whats-its are By-Products, not trash, until you "release" them to the Common Waste Stream. In other words, it's not Waste that belongs to someone else until you put it in the bin outside. So while those goodies remain yours, think about turning them back into something useful … like, maybe, combined heat, power, fuel and foundation chemicals.

On-site conversion of by-products can be considered part of your operation if you handle it right. On-site reconfiguration of by-products, off-spec batch runs, or unwanted returned goods for remanufacturing your own products has become the essence of Corporate Responsibility. It fits right into the "Reduce" part of California's laws, gets you a lot closer to being Zero Waste to Landfill certified by Underwriter's Labs (yes, they do that now), and AB 341 even counts Diversion credit to your jurisdiction … if you (and they) handle it right. Call it … Distributed On-site Recycling

The Week's Extra Reading

Teru's new Focus Report is out waste diversion and mandatory Commercial Recycling in California: AB 341 and the Problem with Words. Don't worry. This one is only three pages.

The Week's News

Urbaser, Eco-Solution, and IRD Plan Energy from Waste for Romainville, France

Urbaser Environnement has announced meeting with the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), and the local microbial process specialist Eco-Solution to jointly develop waste management, resource recovery, and energy generation for the City of Romainville, France. 07/08/2012

DuPont Awards Contract to KBR to Engineer Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

Texas based KBR, Inc has announced award of a contract by DuPont to provide preliminary and final engineering, and procurement services to DuPont Industrial Biosciences Group for this first-of-a-kind cellulosic ethanol plant to be constructed in Nevada, Iowa. 07/08/2012

Global Solid Waste Partnership Launched to Reduce Pollutants from MSW

The launch of a multi-national public-private Solid Waste Partnership was announced during the United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held last month in Brazil. 07/07/2012

Quasar and Forest City Inaugurate Collinwood BioEnergy AD Plant

Formerly Schmack Bioenergy, Ohio based quasar energy group has partnered with real estate company Forest City Enterprises, Inc to develop and now inaugurate a 1.3 megawatt facility on a brownfield site in Cleveland, Ohio. 07/06/2012

Construction Complete on Waste to Energy CHO-Power Plant in France

French energy from waste company Europlasma has announced completion of construction for its CHO-Power plasma-enhanced gasification plant in Morcenx, France. 07/06/2012

Veolia Officially Opens Energy Recovery from Waste Facility in Newhaven

Following open days and site tours for local residents, the Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility in North Quay officially opened on July 4, 2012. 07/06/2012

Tetronics Wins UK Award for Recycling Electronic Equipment using Plasma

The United Kingdom's (UK) market leader in plasma energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities, Tetronics Ltd, has announced winning the national Electrical and Electronic Equipment   Recycler of the Year 2012 award. 07/05/2012

Portland General Electric Requests Comments on Draft Renewable Energy RFP

The Oregon utility Portland General Electric (PGE) has announced release of a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) expected to open for bids later this year, and has scheduled a public workshop for July 16, 2012 to gather stakeholder comment. 07/05/2012

BDI & OMV Open BioCRACK Wood to Biodiesel Pilot Plant at Austrian Refinery

Austrian biofuels company BDI - BioEnergy International AG (BDI) and OMV Aktiengesellschaft (OMV)  have announced opening a novel pilot biofuels facility within the battery of the OMV petroleum refinery in Schwechat, Austria. 07/03/2012

UK's CentreForum Releases "Hit the Gas" Report on Speeding AD Development

In the United Kingdom (UK), the think-tank consultancy CentreForum has announced release of its detailed report entitled "Hit the Gas: How to Get the Anaerobic Digestion Sector Moving," available for download. 07/03/2012

CARB's Low Carbon Fuel Standard Posts CI Value of Minus 15 for Biomethane

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has posted a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) value for one proposed pathway for production of biomethane when used as a low carbon transport fuel. 07/02/2012

The Week's Action Items

Due 07/06/2012: Comments to CEC on Proposed Revisions to RPS Guidebooks

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has released a Notice of Meeting for its July 11, 2012 Business Meeting, focused in part on consideration of revisions to the Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidebook and the Overall Program Guidebook for the Renewable Energy Program. 07/02/2012

Due 08/13/2012: Proposals to USAF for Advanced Drop-In BioFuels

The US Air Force (USAF) has announced the release of a Funding Opportunity Notice (FOA-12-15-PKM) "to solicit production technology project proposals for the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Program. 07/05/2012

Due 08/24/2012: Comments to Oregon Draft Materials Management Plan

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced release of its Draft 2050 Vision and Framework for Action and is seeking stakeholder review and comment. DEQ is developing a long-term Vision for Sustainable Materials Management in Oregon. 07/05/2012

Due 09/06/2012: Applications to USDA for 2013 SBIR Phase 1

The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has released a notice regarding the Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2013 Small Business Innovation Research (2013 SBIR). 07/02/2012

Due 10/10/2012: Renewable Energy Project Proposals to LA World Airports

The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Department of the City of Los Angeles has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP), ID 14042, for renewable energy project development on 890 acres adjacent to US Air Force Plant 42 near the City of Palmdale. 07/08/2012

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