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Congratulations, Chris! And bravo to you, my man! I'm in a job shift too, but it pales in comparison to your brave effort!

As for suggs, the first thing that comes to mind is to take a trip to each of your local (Bay Area) landfills. Ask the supervisors for a visit to the working face, but make sure you get permission to sit and watch for a few hours (to get a good sample). Then get out and look around. What do you see? Are there any REALLY large quantities of any particular material? The guys who run the equipment on the working face will know what companies are dumping the large quantities. Then if you can figure out a better way to dispose of the material by reusing it as a feedstock for some other industry, call up the company! I've heard of some stunning business opportunities coming from this sort of vigilance.

As hot as the economy has been in CA for the past five or ten years, there's bound to be lots of waste. And now that the dot-com industry is officially passe (in most folks minds), operations managers should be open to money saving, resource conserving ideas.

Another idea would be to call up the local and state govt agencies that work in pollution prevention, tell them your plans and ask them for business development assistance. They know where the sustainability problems are!


John Quixote
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