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  08 Aug 11 - back in saddle; Ray Anderson; cribs; phone books; Reuse Alliance
        **  WASTE PREVENTION FORUM  **
-- A project of the National Waste Prevention Coalition
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(Unless otherwise noted, all postings below are by Tom Watson, King County Recycling and 
Environmental Services, Seattle, and the National Waste Prevention Coalition. Contact me at tom 
(D O T) watson (A T) kingcounty (D O T) gov 
or 206-296-4481.)

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THANKS!

Just want to say I really appreciate the messages of support from many of you after I 
sent out the Forum a few weeks ago (after a long period of no postings). It really 
made me realize that there is a demand and need for this type of online 
newsletter/forum about waste prevention (I'm sorry we can't run items that are purely 
about recycling - I still think it's best that this particular forum focus on 
reduction and reuse). This doesn't serve the same function as the new timely social 
media, but there is a place for it nevertheless. Also thanks for your ideas, 
questions, submissions, etc. - Keep them coming!

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OPT-OUT OPTIONS ON THE RISE

The California-based non-profit Catalog Choice has been a leader for years in 
providing the public with a free way to opt out of unwanted mail (and more recently 
phone books). Now they have a new Communities (link) program that allows local 
governments or organizations to sponsor the program in their community, for a small 
fee. King County (through the King County EcoConsumer public education program that I 
manage) joined last month - Here is our website: (link). We followed the lead of the City 
of Seattle (link), which went online with their site in May. 
Seattle is the only city in the nation with an ordinance requiring phone book 
publishers to honor opt-outs, so the phone book opt-outs through Seattle's Catalog 
Choice website are actually enforced by law. Twelve cities and counties (link) across 
the nation currently offer this service through Catalog Choice.

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TURNING THE PAGE ON PHONE BOOKS
>From Albert Kaufman, Portland, OR:

I'm keeping an email list for anyone who'd like more information about moving to an 
opt-in system for phonebooks.  My effort is mostly happening in Oregon, but I'm open 
to suggestion. More at:
http://albertideation.com/sb525 and 
https://www.facebook.com/afterthephonebook and 
http://www.change.org/petitions/please-stop-delivery-of-unwanted-phonebooks-in-oregon

E-mail: albertkaufman@gmail.com

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REMEMBERING STEVE APOTHEKER

On June 30, I attended a memorial service in Portland for Steve Apotheker, a 
legendary figure in waste prevention and recycling who died at the age of 58. I know 
that many of you knew Steve personally or were familiar with his work. More than two 
months later I'm still thinking regularly about Steve, and the memorial service, 
especially some of the comments his wife Diane made. My memory of what she said may 
be slightly off because I was crying, but what I got out of it was this: She said 
that Steve wanted us - or wants us would be a better way to put it - to keep pushing 
for waste prevention. He wants us to get value and results from the work that he and 
others have done. He wants us to do more, and make progress, because he believes so 
passionately in concepts like reduction and reuse and how they can make the world a 
better place. I don't want to get too weird and woo-woo about it. The fact is, he's 
not here anymore. But his dreams are still alive, and his work is alive, and I hope 
we can keep it going and achieve more of the changes that Steve envisioned.

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MAKING IT EASIER TO REFILL WATER BOTTLES

I would love to see more water fountains that easily refill water bottles, and more 
water-bottle-refilling stations at stadiums and big events. Here's a 8/29/11 article 
in the Utah State University paper about a new water-refilling station (link) 
on that campus. I especially like that these fountains "keep track of how many times the bottle-filling function has been used."

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PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP FORUM IN PORTLAND
Via Albert Kaufman, Portland, OR

The Boston-based non-profit Product Stewardship Institute's seventh annual National 
Product Stewardship Forum (link) will be held in Portland Sept. 26-30.

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"CAR TALK" ON REUSABLE AIR FILTERS

The Car Talk guys on NPR endorse reusable air filters link) in an August 2011 column.

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REUSABLE LUNCH CONTAINERS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

Aug. 26, 2011 article (link) by Stephanie Clifford in New York Times.

(Note - Please let me know if you have trouble accessing articles from the New York 
Times that I include in the Forum.)

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