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Price: $99.00 for all 4 sets (on CD), or $29.00 per disk set
. 1995-1999. ISBN 0-927160-11-0.

The fastest, easiest, most economical solution to your copy needs. The "Editor's Kit For Local Government Communications" consists of professionally composed articles on PC disks that have been researched, written, edited and proofed by LGI staff. You can use the articles without fear of copyright violation. Whether you are producing a community newsletter, brochure, budget message, annual report, employee newsletter, orientation handbook, or explaining your form of government, convincing people to recycle, or just trying to educate citizens, officials or staff, Editor's Kit articles are the perfect communications aid to fill your need quickly and easily. Each Kit also comes with a 32 page manual that includes "Guidelines for Municipal Newsletters".


Each Editor's Kit disk contains between 50 to 70 articles or sections, amounting to nearly 300 pages of printed information! The articles come in a variety of sizes to fit your space needs, and are ready to be integrated into your publication.


CITIZENS EDUCATION disk containing a variety of articles to educate citizens, volunteers, council candidates or new council members about local government governance, operations, services, programs, fiscal affairs, policy formation, etc.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS disk consisting of more than 60 articles on diet, disease, exercise, injury, stress, substance use, and family, etc.

QUIPS AND QUOTES disk containing hundreds of wise or witty sayings especially suited for local government.

SUCCESS SKILLS disk consisting of 70 articles on improving various employee skills. Sections include personal success skills, interpersonal success skills, leadership and management success skills, and much more. Great material for employee newsletters, speeches and so forth.



Call it garbage, solid waste, refuse, or trash; we produce this waste at our homes and businesses. We throw it into cans. We have someone take it away. Each year in the United States, we generate enough garbage to fill a convoy of trash-trucks
reaching halfway to the moon. Every year that convoy grows longer!
What is in Our Trash? National averages show:

40% Paper
18% Yard Trimmings
9% Metals
8% Plastic
7% Glass
7% Food Waste
12% Other


What happens to last night's empty soft drink cans and bottles? Where does this morning's discarded newspaper go? For many years, most have gone to landfills. Now, many of these landfills can contain no more volume. Because landfills have become increasingly filled, their cost has soared. To pay the additional costs many communities raised fees or taxes. Landfills no longer provide simple, easy, waste disposal.

Some communities use incinerators to burn waste and recover energy. While, incinerators reduce the volume of waste, communities still need landfills to bury the incinerator's ash. Both incinerators and landfills are expensive and can take a long time to locate and build. In many areas, communities have begun looking for ways to decrease waste, not increase disposal capacity. To do so, communities recycle, reuse, and compost yard trimmings.


To reduce America's waste we must use many different approaches. Such approaches include reducing and reusing waste, recycling, burning waste to energy recovery, and landfilling. Presently, federal, state, and local governments seek solutions; as they study and plan for current and future needs. Yet, without citizen involvement, many solutions cannot work.

Recycling represents only one important remedy for the garbage problem. It's an effective solution because it reduces the amount of waste for disposal. Individuals like you can be part of the solution by recycling at home and at work. To make recycling effective, you can use recycled and recyclable products, organize recycling programs,
and encourage your neighbors to recycle. As we create our nation's increasing supply of waste, we can also recycle to contribute to its solution.

What Is Recycling? "Recycling" means separating, collecting, processing, marketing, and ultimately using a material thrown away. Newspaper publishers can use this morning's newspaper for another morning's news. Cans and bottles can become
other products. Many firms produce quality products and packaging from recovered materials. We can help create markets for recyclables by using these products.


1. Recycling reduces our reliance on landfills and incinerators.

2. Recycling saves energy.

3. Recycling can help our health and environment when harmful substances the waste stream.

4. Recycling conserves our natural resources because it reduces the need for raw materials.


Recycle at Home! To participate separate recyclables and taking them to your local drop-off or buy-back center, or put them out for curbside pickup. Do not throw away what you can use again. For example, you can use plastic containers many times. If you change your own auto oil, take it to a local service station or recycling center. Leave your grass clippings on the lawn or compost them with leaves.

Shop Smarter! When choosing between similar products, select the product with the least packaging. Use products in containers that your community can recycle. Use products that one can repaired or reuse. Support recycling markets by using products made from recycled material.

Get Involved! Get involved in planning for your state and local solid waste management. Inform others about the benefits of recycling. Encourage friends and businesses you patronize to recycle and to use recycled material or recyclables.
Participate in or start a voluntary recycling program with a local business, school, church, or community group. Organize a recycling program where you work.


With everybody's help, recycling offers a great potential to improve management. The EPA has set a national goal to reduce and recycle 25 percent of our waste. Some communities have set similar goals. Others are just beginning recycling programs. Such programs and goals depend on your support and involvement.

What can we recycle? We can recycle newspaper, office paper, cardboard, and other paper types; compost yard trimmings-grass, leaves, and shrub and tree clippings; and separate glass-bottles and jars according to color (clear, green, and amber) before we recycle. Recycled products include aluminum cans, other-metals-tin cans, auto bodies, refrigerators, stoves, and batteries. Used motor oil-Truck, tractor, and automobile crankcase oil are recycled. Plastics-Soda bottles, milk jugs, foam
cups, and detergent containers are recycled.


Several kinds of collection programs are run by local governments, nonprofit organizations, and private enterprises:

1. Curbside collection is the most convenient way for a household to recycle. These programs offer scheduled pickups of separated, recyclable products from the curb-like trash collection.

2. Drop-off centers are sites set up for us to leave materials for recycling. These centers serve as convenient central pickup locations for processors or recyclers.

3. Buy-back centers pay consumers for recyclable materials.

4. Waste companies buy trash from offices, businesses, institutions, schools, and industries in some communities.

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