Recycling Alliance of Texas Meets in Bexar County!
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
September 30, 2004

Last week I dealt with the topic of leadership, transactional or everyday work and transformational or that which changes the way business is done so as to have a better future.  Resource recovery and conservation, the positive alternative to perpetual warfare against landfills has been and remains a high priority with me.  After a political lifetime of fighting landfills, it is quite natural that I would be on the Board of the Recycling Alliance of Texas.  This week the Alliance is meeting in San Antonio.

The Alliance is a merger of the old Texas Recycling Coalition and the Texas Corporate Recycling Council.  It is the premier and primary recycling nonprofit organization in Texas.  When the Legislature meets in January, 2005, the Alliance will hopefully be at the forefront of the battle for a tire reclamation and recovery bill.  Surely you have noticed as have I, the rising tide of tires strewn about our community and its various roads.  Why the Legislature ever thought we could do without a tire bill is beyond me.  However, we can and must re-enact a Texas tire bill!

Another priority of mine is to set forth targeted goals for the percent of recycling each community must achieve.  What gets measured gets done.  So far, Texas law allows if not encourages people to "mess with Texas" by failing to put any teeth in its targeted recycling goals!  This too, can and should end with public and private sector partnerships taking a more serious effort to clean up our communities by mandating appropriate and measurable goals for recycling.

One of the business owners at the Alliance Convention is making a business out of selling promotional products made exclusively from recycled products.  Some of the products made from recyclables are shirts, campaign buttons, note cards, funnels, pens, pencils and rulers.  Products come from soft drink bottles, tires, glass, currency, yellow pages, reclaimed denim, paperboard (example: cereal boxes), cardboard, plastic, oil and steel.  This business owner could have done otherwise but he took the "road less traveled" so we can have a better world!

This business owner, Dan Weisenbach,, mentioned one notable thing about paper: not all of it is made from recycled material.  I had previously heard erroneously that all paper has some portion of recycled content.  Also, the use of soy ink is an effort to move away from petroleum-based inks and the pollution that is generated in making oil-based inks.  So, look for the recycling label of the "chasing arrows" and the emblem that notes the use of "Soy Ink". 

I mention the above information only as a reminder that with just minimal effort over time, we can make a huge difference in the world of resource recovery and conservation that we ultimately turn over to our descendants!

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