Rolla Airport to Benefit from Glasphalt Project

Airplanes are landing at the Rolla Downtown Airport on a new runway paved with glass!!

Actually, the runway is paved with Glasphalt, an asphalt mixture that substitutes crushed waste glass for a percentage of the aggregate normally used. Glasphalt was invented in 1969 by the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR).

On a regular basis, Glasphalt is paved on streets and parking lots in other states, but it has never been applied to an airport runway. The glass particles in Glasphalt make it more reflective and visible. Also, after a rain, it has the capacity to shed water quickly and dry faster than conventional surfaces. These qualities make it very attractive to airport officials.

"There are more than 180 small airports in Missouri that could benefit from this innovative technology," said Tom Burkemper, chairman of the Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority (EIERA).

The EIERA's Market Development Program provided $150,000 to Ozark Rivers Environmental, Inc., to demonstrate the use of Glasphalt at small airport facilities. Some 400 tons of glass were used in this demonstration project.

The Rolla airport was selected because of its proximity to UMR, where technical support staff are available. Also, the airport is centrally-located in the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District. Annually, it is estimated that more than 6,000 tons of glass is landfilled in the Ozark Rivers District.

"Glass paint," developed by UMR, will also be used during the demonstration project. In this special paint, titanium is replaced with finely-ground glass. The glass paint will be studied to see if it is more reflective that ordinary paint.

NAPCOR Offers Help Buying Recycled PET Plastic

The National Association for Plastic Container Recovery (NAPCOR) is a non-profit trade association that promotes the recycling of PET plastic containers. NAPCOR has developed a series of programs designed to promote awareness and purchase of RPET end products and to inform consumers of the availability of products made with recycled post-consumer PET plastic.

NAPCOR is co-sponsoring a series of national workshops with the U.S. Conference of Mayors targeting government procurement officials on the availability, advantages, and quality of recycled content products. A segment of each workshop focuses on products made from RPET, including products ranging from residential and commercial carpeting, to office furniture, to safety vests and jackets. The workshops are scheduled in several Midwest locations.

NAPCOR has also recently developed a recycled products guide titled Purchasing Guide for Recycled PET Plastic Products . The directory lists fifteen categories of products made with post-consumer RPET from more than 120 U.S. companies.

Missouri Recycles Pesticide Containers

Missouri, with the help of Missouri Ag Industries Council Inc., was one of the first states to participate in a clean pesticide container recycling program.

The Missouri program began in 1991 and in the first five years recycled more than 260 tons of pesticide containers. This year it collected 150,000 pounds of the high-density polyethylene containers, which will be made into pallets for the agriculture and chemical industry.

For more information call 573-636-6130 or write the Missouri Ag Industries Council Inc., 410 Madison St., Jefferson City, MO 65101. (Source: Waste News)

U.S. manufacturers recycled 234 million tons of recovered paper and paperboard, enough paper to fill railroad box cars stretched, end to end, from Chicago to Tokyo. The remaining seven million tons were exported to foreign manufacturers. (Source: Ohio Department of Natural Resources)

Recycling projects creates jobs: 10,000 tons of recycled material equals 32 new jobs. (Source: U.S. Department of Transportation)

Proposes to Add 13 Items to Federal Procurement Guidelines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes to add 13 items to its government procurement guidelines to further stimulate markets for recycled-content products.

The November 4 guidelines, which will be published in the Federal Register, set out a range of total-recycled-content and post-consumer levels for the products. The draft encourages agencies to use the figures to set their own minimum-content standards. The new proposal broadens a 1995 procurement list of 19 products. The EPA asked agencies to buy recycled-content versions of the products.

For reprocessed latex paint, the agency recommends 50-99 percent of the product can be composed of left-over, post-consumer paint. Consolidated latex paint for limited outdoor uses should consist only of post-consumer content.

The federal government buys a tremendous amount of recycled-content paint, which can be significantly lower in cost," said Federal Environmental Executive Fran McPoland, who administers the executive order the encourages more federal government purchases of recycled-content items.

Additionally, increased procurement of reprocessed latex paint is a potential boon for household hazardous waste programs. In Missouri, paint Solutions, Inc., St. Louis, processes and sells recycled latex paint.

In other product categories, the agency recommends plastic pallets contain 100-percent post-consumer content and that paperboard pallets contain 50-percent post-consumer content. In Missouri, Environmental Recycling, Inc. Manufactures pallets and other products containing recycled post-consumer plastic.

Shower or restroom dividers made from steel should contain at least 10 to 15 percent post-consumer content. Items made from plastic should be composed of 20 to 100 percent post-consumer content. In Missouri, Coon Manufacturing in Spickard and Yemm and Hart, Marquand, make post-consumer plastic sheet products.

The draft guidelines cover federal departments that buy $10,000 or more of a designated item in a year, and state and local governments that use federal funds to purchase at the $10,000 level. The agency plans a 90-day comment period after the guidelines appear in the Federal Register.