Monthly Archives: September 2012

Educational & Informational Presentations

This is a great program for our youth (and ourselves!) to learn about what constitutes recyclable status and what doesn’t.

The Recycling Program staff of the City of Fresno is pleased to offer the opportunity to schedule a presentation or participate in a community outreach event, located within the city of Fresno, for your students or members of your service organization. To make arrangements, please click here or call the Recycling Hotline at 621-1111. Click the image to the left to visit our “Grow up Green” website where you can see a short video of a recycling presentation.


Recycling presentations are available to pre-k, elementary, middle schools, high schools and colleges, within the City of Fresno. Interactive and entertaining presentations cover information on recycling, resource conservation, and protection of the environment. Students will learn about the importance of recycling programs available to them in Fresno. Our staff is happy to work with you to relate the information and materials covered in your curriculum.

Each presentation takes between 45 minutes to an hour or can be tailored to meet your needs. Handouts, videos and visual aides reinforce the information. There is no fee and all handouts are free.

The program is funded by the City of Fresno and various state grants and focuses on the following areas of recycling:

Community Service Organizations

Recycling Program staff are available to make presentations to community service organizations within the city of Fresno. Topics include recycling, resources conservation, and protection of the environment. To schedule a presentation, please click here or call the Recycling Hotline at 621-1111.

Community and School Events

As part of our goal to educate the residents of the City of Fresno about recycling and protecting our natural resources, Recycling Program staff are available to participate in events, within the city of Fresno, that promote environmental awareness. They are also available to attend community-wide school events such as science fairs, career days and Earth Day events located within the city of Fresno. For more information, or to schedule a presentation or event, please click here or call the Recycling Hotline at 621-1111.

Additional Resources and Supplemental Materials

Educational Packets – includes information on Solid Waste and Recycling services and opportunities throughout the City of Fresno.

“Closing the Loop” Curriculum (grades K – 6) – provides current and accurate waste management information. Enables students to get involved with hands-on action-oriented projects. (Available online at

“A Child’s Place in the Environment” Curriculum (grades 1 – 6) – provides teachers with an environmental education program that encourages students to become environmentally aware and active. (Available online at

“Teens for Planet Earth” Website (grades 9 – 12) – provides teens and adults who work with with teens, resources to carry out environmental service-learning projects in their community. (Available online at:

For more recycling information and links to games, click here to go to our “Kid’s Pages

To contact the City of Fresno Recycling Program, please click here or call 621-1111.

How Plastic Bags Are Made


With many cities and even states beginning to ban plastic bags, we were wondering how they were made and what makes them so impervious to decay (other than the obvious – plastic!)  Here is a short video from Discovery Science Channel that shows the making of plastic bags starting from the nurdles stage.

How Plastic Bags are made…a video.

Various kinds of plastic shopping bags.

Various kinds of plastic shopping bags. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Corporate Recycling & Waste Conference

September 10-12, 2012
Orlando, Fla

Photo by Aaron Eckels

The 2012 Corporate Recycling & Waste Conference will convene September 10-12, 2012 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Fla. The CRWC is a world-class business conference that focuses on how business executives can advance their organizations’ sustainability issues while controlling expenses and maximizing profits. Waste & Recycling News and Republic Services Inc. are co-organizers of the event.


  • Environmental executives from Fortune 1,000 firms
  • Procurement managers
  • Sustainability officers
  • Business owners
  • Policymakers
  • Commodity managers
  • Waste handlers
  • Recyclers
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Operations managers at recycling and waste facilities
  • Regulators
  • Packaging experts
  • Attorneys
  • Consultants
  • Educators
  • Advocates


    9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Earn CEU’s from Penn State University (Optional)
    Recycling 150: Recycling Economics
    Recycling 311: Specifications & RFPs
    10 a.m. – 5p.m. Exhibitor Set-Up & Registration Open
    12 – 4 p.m. Lakeland MRF Tour with box lunch (Optional)
    1 – 4 p.m. Earn CEU’s from Penn State University (Optional)
    Recycling 356: Recycling Economics II
    Recycling 330: Electronics Recovery
    6 – 8 p.m. Rub Green Elbows at the Welcome Reception
    7 – 8 a.m. Networking Breakfast
    8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
    Lang Herndon, Conference Chair
    8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Panel: Commercial Single-Stream Recycling: Best Practice, Risk Benefits
    Mel Maycole, Baptist Medical Center/Sodexo Health Care
    Alex Sorondo, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
    Mark Warren, Petco
    9:30 – 10 a.m. Waste Audits: A Practical Example
    Todd Fitzgerald, Costco Wholesale
    10 – 10:30 a.m. Working With Your Vendors: A Waste Diversion Case Study
    Colin McGinnis, Family Dollar Stores
    10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Sponsored Break
    10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
    12 – 1 p.m. Lunch
    2:30 – 3 p.m. Electronics Recycling: Protecting Your Data & The Environment
    Katie Reilly, Electronic Recyclers International
    3 – 3:30 p.m. Food Waste & Organics
    Justin Zeulner – Rose Quarter / Portland Trail Blazers
    3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Sponsored Break
    3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Panel: ABCs of Recycling & Commodity Management
    John Bradburn, General Motors
    Bill Moore, Moore & Associates
    Joseph Stearns Jr., FedEx Ground
    Mike Strickland, Collins Bus Corp
    4:45 – 5 p.m. Wrap Up – Day 1
    Lang Herndon, Conference Chair
    6 – 8 p.m. Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
    7 – 8 a.m. Networking Breakfast
    8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Green Corporate Citizen Awards Ceremony
    Brennan Lafferty, Waste & Recycling News
    8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker
    Jeff Littlejohn, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    9:30 – 10 a.m. Implementing Your Recycling Program: It Can Be Done!
    Marilee McInnis, Southwest Airlines
    10 – 10:30 a.m. Safety: How To Engage Your Employees
    David Biderman, National Solid Wastes Management Association
    10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Sponsored Break
    10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
    12 – 1 p.m. Lunch
    1 – 1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks – Announce Passport Winners
    Lang Herndon, Conference Chair
    Brennan Lafferty, Waste & Recycling News

Looking for a new coffee table book?

Courtesy, The Collections of The Henry Ford

100 years of the garbage truck

The garbage truck. Durable, strong – sometimes loud – but always true. Much like the people that make up this industry, the trash truck has stood the test of time.

Join Waste & Recycling News as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of this mechanical marvel. “100 Years of the Garbage Truck” publishes Oct. 15, 2012. This coffee-table edition will journey from its start as a flatbed vehicle to the invention of the compactor to today’s automated sideloader.

We encourage you to submit your story idea or photo. You can also email them to

Some of the stories include:

    Hanging onto the back of a rear loader is what most people think of when they think of a garbage man. A look at the helper job and how it may be vanishing as more trucks are automated and semi-automated.
    Veteran mechanics talk about the guts of trucks, how they’ve changed, how reliability has changed and what they do to keep this vehicles on the road.
  • CNG
    What’s the percentage of CNG trash trucks on the road today? What will it be in 25 years? What cities have the largest CNG trash truck fleets?
    Who are the largest trash truck dealers in the U.S.? What’s the secret to their success? What do their customers like and dislike about today’s trash trucks?
    A look at the safety innovations of the trash truck. What are the biggest dangers on the road?
    Women on the trash truck are still a rarity, but they bring a different perspective and approach to the still-tough job. What’s it like to be a woman in a what is still essentially a man’s world?
    Interviews with the patent holders of trash trucks and the devices that made them what they are today.
    A trash truck route supervisor in Arizona loves garbage trucks so much that he got married on one.
    Waste Pro plans to open a museum for trash trucks in 2013. A similar museum already exists in Germany.
    Profiles of today’s and yesterday’s truck makers.
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