The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 55
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2001 7 Putting Paper In Its Place Journal steps up effort to recycle newsprint and saves money at same time By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salim Journal Households recycle newspapers, but when the newspaper recycles its own waste products, the quantities get a lot more substantial. The Salina Journal recently stepped up efforts to reduce its waste quantities going into the landfill and is savmg money as a result, company officials said. A Hutchinson recycler, Republic Fiber Co., recycles the Journal's waste newsprint, the cardboard cores from newsprint roUs, office paper, magazines, phone books and corrugated cardboard. The Journal formerly worked with another recycler that didn't accept as much material for recycling. As a re­ sult, the Journal was formerly throwing away about 50 tons a month of material. The goal is to reduce that output to about 12.5 tons a month, said Dave Atkinson, the Journal's production manager. "Our savings in (waste-disposal) costs are almost $700 a month," Atkinson said. "Plus we get $40 a ton on the other side for our newsprint." Not long ago, the price for used newsprint was so low it was hard to find a recycler who would collect it and pay for it. Journal Publisher Tom Bell said. Newsprint has "always been a commodity. It has value to us because we use it in our end products." Marty Kowalski Republic Fiber procurement manager At its lowest point, used newsprint was bringing between $10 and $15 a ton, said Marty Kowalski, procurement manager for Republic Fiber. "It's always been a commodity. It has value to us because we use it in our end products," Kowalski said. Republic Fiber, through its mill in Hutchinson and its processing centers in Topeka, Kansas City and Denver, uses newsprint, other paper and cardboard to manufacture certain kinds of new paper. That paper goes into prod­ ucts such as containers for biscuit dough, the paper that surfaces drywall and cores for paper towels and newsprint rolls. The company picks up around 1,000 tons of used newsprint a month, Kowalski said. Together with other kinds of used paper, the mill consumes about 7,500 tons of used paper a month to produce new paper. Figures from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. estimate about 55 percent of all used newspaper is recovered for recycling. In 1992, Americans consumed 12.8 million tons of newspapers and recycled 7.1 million tons. • Reporter David Clouston can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 131, or by email at sjdclouston@saljournal.com. Waste / Materials often used by others SaHna Household Hazardous Waste Facility • WHERE: 315 E. Elm. • HOURS: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month; by special appointment, call 826-6638 or 3095750. • ITEMS ACCEPTED: Antifreeze, herbicides, pesticides, used oil and other auto fluids, household cleaners, all paints, alkaline and Ni-Cad batteries. • RESTRICTIONS: Limit of 5 gallons of liquid or 50 pounds of solid household hazardous waste per visit. Waste from businesses is not accepted. • WHO: Open to residents of Saline, Ellsworth, Ottawa and Lincoln counties. JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal FROM PAGE 6 And much of it stays right there at the facility. Household cleaners, paint, lawn and garden chemicals, some auto products, and other products that area still useful are given away at the facility. Stainbrook has a waiting list filled with people who want the paint. Stainbrook said she hopes she is making progress in educating the community about how some chemicals can be dangerous to the environment. For instance, Stainbrook warns one potential problem with dumping household cleaners down the drain is that the chemicals they contain have the potential to kill natural organisms used at the wastewater treatment plant to rejuvenate wastewater before it returns to the Smoky Hill River. "Some of this stuff could kill those," Stainbrook warns. Batteries are something people typi­ cally throw away, but they shouldn't. "I'm having a blast" convincing people to use the facility, Stainbrook said. "I've got so many ideas." WB UBB Only Envlronmenially Safe Cftentfcafsl MIKE & KEVIN MUER, OWNERS ODORIESS CHEMICALS OPTIONAL Home Inspecrions • Free Estimates • VA-FHA Reports New Construction Pretreots 827-4023 2077 Highland^ SaVina Join Us For UimLbLbflSliiB ^ A Community Recycling Showcase ...on Salina Cabk Channel 6, Tues., May 1 at 7:00 p.m. Thurs., May 3 at 3:00 p.m. Fri., May 4 at 9:00 p.m. Sun., May 6 at 5:00 p.m. Answer the Itivia Question from the show for a chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate from a local Salina business. Actions speak louder?"* than words, •

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