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RECYCLING, COMPOSTING & INCINERATION TOPICS OF UPCOMING PUBLIC FORUMS

RECYCLING, COMPOSTING & INCINERATION TOPICS OF UPCOMING PUBLIC FORUMS
 KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the growing public concern about environmental issues, the Air & Waste Management Association is sponsoring several local events on recycling, composting and incineration which will be open to the public, the organization said today.
 These events will be held during the association's 85th Annual Meeting and Exhibition at H. Roe Bartle Hall, June 21-26.
 A round-table discussion of waste-to-energy facilities (incinerators) will be held Thursday, June 25, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. in room 209-E of the convention center. Panelists from government, industry and the general public will present their views on the performance of incinerators; concerns for public safety; additional social, information and technical needs and the experiences of other countries. Participants were selected to address all aspects of using combustion to convert garbage into an energy source. The panel includes representatives from Japan and Italy who advocate incineration, and local businessman George Bagget, who opposes incineration.
 Aaron Teller, inventor of the R.C. Teller Technology used on incinerators to reduce acid gas, dioxin, furan and other emissions, has assembled the panel from what he terms "the extremes from both sides" of the incinerator issue. Teller hopes that through open, rational discussion between developers, environmentalists and industrial representatives of successful waste-to-energy facilities, the public will gain better understanding of the socioeconomic and technical needs for the acceptance of incinerator technology.
 Recycling materials and techniques will be on display in the lobby of the convention center from Monday, June 22, through Thursday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will feature recycling programs for the home and office, product manufacturing from recyclable materials and solid waste minimization for the home.
 A demonstration of yard waste composting will be conducted on Wednesday, June 24, from 6-7 p.m. in the lobby. A variety of techniques that anyone can use to make soil fertilizer out of yard waste will be discussed.
 A recycling forum/public meeting will follow the composting demonstration at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Panelists and audience members will discuss current efforts in Kansas City to generate and maintain a recycling program. The Waste Minimization Commission of Kansas City, citizens groups, recycling experts, government agencies and the public will collaborate on presentations about the history of recycling in the Kansas City area, the current programs and future efforts. Discussion topics also include waste reduction by selective buying habits and other methods, yard waste composting, cost of the programs and public awareness.
 Posters by Kansas City students (K-12) depicting their concerns about the environment will be on display in the lobby of the convention center during the entire meeting.
 The Air & Waste Management Association is a nonprofit, technical and educational organization with 13,000 members in more than 50 countries. Founded in 1907, the association provides a neutral forum where all sides of an environmental issue receive equal consideration.
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 /EDITORS: Members of the press may attend the annual meeting and exhibition free of charge when they register in the press room, which is located on the first floor of the convention center. Association staff in the press room will help arrange interviews, technical interpretations of environmental issues and photo opportunities. They will also provide background about the meeting, the association and the fields of air and waste management.
 Press room hours are:
 -- Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
 -- Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and
 -- Friday, 8 a.m. to noon.
 /CONTACT: Martha Swiss of Air & Waste Management Association, press room, Kansas City Convention Center, 816-871-3421/ CO: Air & Waste Management Association ST: Missouri IN: SU:


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