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Date: Thu, 27 Mar 97 11:48 WET From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman) Subject: Re: Recycling in Arabia
March 27, 1997
I have, first of all, seen some sources on composting in desert climates of the Middle East, including:
Utilization of compost in agriculture--experiences in Europe and especially in the Middle East by H. Weber and M. Meyer, Buhler Brothers, Ltd. in Reuse of Solid Waste Conference by Institution of Civil Engineers, London, 11/81.
Regarding recycling in desert climates, the country with the most success at this, and the most history is Australia. Currently in the midst of a National Waste Minimisation and Recycling Strategy requiring a 50% reduction by weight of all domestic, industrial, commercial and demolition wastes bound for landfills by 2000, Australia is characterized by having in excess of 60% of its land be desert or desert-like. One contact person for the Australian program is:
Richard Morwood, Associate Director, McIntyre Associates, PO Box 486, Brisbane Roma St 4003, Queensland, Australia.
Another agency that has dealt with this issue and put out useful information is the United Nations Environmental Programme, which has offices at UN headquarters in New York City, as well as at other outposts around the world.
Here in the US, two states that are extensively desert and may have information to contribute are:
Dept. of Conservation Natural Resources, Bureau of Waste Management, State of Nevada, 123 W. Nye Lane, Carson City, NV 89710, Contact: Jim Williams, Chief
Dept. of Environmental Quality, Waste Programs Office, State of Arizona, 2005 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004, Contact: Norman Weiss, Director
-- Research Library for RCRA