2nd Quarter 2009

Ecocentive Loyalty Program Promotion

The Ecocentive Loyalty Program is designed to help you get even more out of your Paper Retriever Program. Your organization can earn additional funds by registering for Ecocentive. Points accrued through Ecocentive can be redeemed for a cash payout or for merchandise on the Paper Retriever web store.

Remember you have to register to start earning points!

How to win:  Recycle at least 2 tons during the month of May.

What you'll win:  Your organization will receive an extra 10 points in your account.  The points may be used for additional cash poyout or for merchandise on the Paper Retriever web store.

Who's eligible:  Paper Retriever bin hosts that have registered for the Ecocentive Loyalty Program.

Just registered?  Your organizatino still has the opportunity to recycle 2 tons by the end of the promotion on May 31st.

Not yet registered?  Register today!
Click here to register for the Ecocentive Loyalty Program and to get more details about the 2 for 10 promotion.


Katy (Texas) Independent School District is ready for  2 for 10.  All 57 schools in the district have signed up for Ecocentives! 

 
 

 Your monthly Retriever Recycling Scorecard is now available
ONLINE

Paper Retriever now offers you an online version of your individual recycling history by month.   In the past, Paper Retriever sent your monthly recycling scorecard via e-mail, fax or postal mail.  Please note that we will no longer be e-mailing, faxing or mailing them to you. 

Click here to register.  Enter your account number (shown as your vendor # on your check) and your current e-mail address.  You will then have access to your paper recycling history from January 2008 up to and including the most recent month. A monthly reminder will be sent to the registered e-mail address to notify you when the next month's data is available.

After you have registered,
•go to www.paperretriever.com
•choose your group's category (school, place of worship, non-profit)
•click on   (upper right part of the page)
•come back to this every month to see your most recent Scorecard
•click the Change Contact Information link to update your contact information.  This helps us send you the most up to date information on your account and your Paper Retriever recycling program.

Contact us with any questions.   

Bin in the News
Announcing your Paper Retriever bin to your community isn't complicated - and can add tons of paper to your bin and funds for your group.  One example of a simple and effective notice appeared in the Miami County (Kansas) Republic.  The City of Spring Hill, Kansas submitted Paper Retriever information to their local newspaper and it was published in both the paper and online versions.  Feel free to copy, customize and use for your group!  Click here 
Bin Around Town

From Maurice Johnson, Special Projects Manager, Salvation Army A.R.C., Houston

In just one year we have recycled 40 tons of paper in our Paper Retriever bins. We believe the expert guidance we have received from our Retriever Rep has truly made our program successful and has made "going green" easy.

People in the community notice the green and yellow bins and stop to put paper in them. This helps promote pedestrian foot traffic into our Family Store while it creates a sense of community involvement.  The money we raise supports our Rehabilitation Center and it hasn't cost us a dime!   I am so happy that we found the Paper Retriever program and I wish we would have started a long time ago.

Bin to Church
First United Methodist Church of Garden City Michigan has got the right message.  Their marquee proudly proclaims "Save God's Green Earth!  Recycle Paper Here!" It's a good message 7 days a week.
 
Houston's St. Catherine of Sienna church is a paper recycling leader in the Spring Branch area.  The Reverand Michael Carmody promotes their bins from the pulpit, in the Sunday bulletin and in letters he delivers to area businesses.  The 3 tons of paper they collect every month help fund their youth ministry program.
 

 



St. John Vianney Church in Mentor, Ohio (near Cleveland) has collected 640 tons of paper in the last few years.  They have used the funds collected for many great projects including:

•Sponsoring four students for two years at Rock Foundation School in Masindi, Uganda.
•Supporting students at Lake Catholic High School working on their Girl Scout Gold Award.
•Supporting the Water For Life Project in Tanzania, Africa.
•Sponsoring a Helping Hands trip to Post-Katrina New Orleans for 27 students and 4 faculty members.
 
 
Mimosa Lane Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas really revs up their Paper Retriever Program!  The church uses their paper recycling funds to help their Pit Stop Ministry, which teaches area women basic automobile maintenance and repair.  The surrounding community believes in this valuable service and in recycling so they keep the church's bin full.
 
Richardson, Texas East Church of Christ learned of the Pit Stop Ministry at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church and began offering a similar program at their church four years ago. Their tons are growing and they plan to add more services to this ministry.
Bin to School

Columbia Elementary Goes into Action with Recycling

Columbia Elementary, Cincinnati is using recycling as a fifth and sixth grade science indicator. Not only are students learning about the importance of recycling and conserving non-renewable resources, they are also getting the opportunity to put this knowledge to use. The school's hope is that they are providing good citizenship skills and creating lifelong recyclers.

The students calculate the amount of landfill space that they have diverted. The money earned allows the school to purchase much needed classroom materials and supplies, and the opportunity to bring in special guest speakers and presentations. 


All of the Leander, Texas ISD's 32 schools are Paper Retriever bin hosts.  The district works closely with their Retriever Rep to make the most of the program.  They have even committed to adding concrete pads for the bins at all of their new schools.  Schools in the district include Paper Retriever program information in their fliers, newsletters and on their websites.  The district sends out a regular report to all schools with their paper tonnage which fuels some healthy competition.  They also work with area retirement homes, helping the homes develop recycling for their facilities and the schools' bins get their paper! 



Attention Teachers:
 
How does an extra $150
to spend on supplies sound? 

St. Rene School in Chicago divided up their 2008 Paper Retriever funds amongst their classroom teachers and each received $150!  One of their secrets to their recycling success is sending out monthly reminder flyers to all of their school families and parishoners. 

The WISE Team at White Tower Elementary School (Phoenix) created their own video about recycling. 

Their video encourages other students to recycle and features their Paper Retriever program.  The local newspaper, The Kenton Community Recorder, published an article about the video (with a big color photo of the Paper Retriever bin) and you can click here to read it.
 

Need a New Idea to Publicize Your Bin?

The Paper Retriever program at Centennial High School in Ellicott, Maryland has a great piece on their PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) web site.  It's a brief summary of all the basic information including location and what is acceptable to place in the bin. 

 

Click here to see
 the page


Cross Pointe Christian Academy knows how to handle a Paper Drive

 
With only 146 students and two weeks, the school brought in over 3 tons of paper!  Students brought in paper from their families and their neighbors.  They kicked off the drive with a pep rally and ended the contest with the winning class (pictured here) having a "Pop Corn with Pepper Party." 

Collect Paper, Get a Scholarship 

The Pike High School Sierra Club in Indianapolis has had Paper Retreiver bins for over 5 years. The club collects recyclable paper from over 120 rooms a week.  Funds raised have been used for camping and snacks and student scholarships. The school has offered four $500 scholarships for Sierra Club members!  By aiming for more neighborhood paper doantions, the club plans to increase the number of scholarships in 2009.


Sacred Heart Villa School Towers Above Others

Sacred Heart Villa School, in beautiful Lewiston, New York, has only 33 students but recycles tons of paper!  They recently held an  Earth Day Tower and Magazine
Contest with some impressive results. 

The winning class (Pre-K) built a tower over 15 feet high! 


 

Houston's Shadowbriar Elementary, home of the Fighting Bulldogs, truly knows it Pays To Advertise.  They advertised their Paper Retriever program everywhere they could.  This includes sending home a letter with every student, promoting the bin at every school event and placing reminders on calendars.  They got their first bin in November, 2008 and by December they had to add another one. 

In their first three months
they collected 10˝ tons of paper!
 


Bin Surfing





Surfing the Web is a great way to find relevant recycling information.

Here are some sites that will help you broaden your "green know-how."



The World's Shortest Comprehensive Recycling Site

Great list of basic recycling tips and categories.

Earth 911
A public and private sector partnership to empower the public with community-specific resources to improve quality of life.

Earth Site
The official site of International Earth Day.

EPA
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency

Waste & Recycling News Archive
An environmental industry magazine where you can learn about the business of recycling.

USGBC:  U. S. Green Building Council
The non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction. 

Recyclers' World
A world wide trading site for information related to recyclable commodities, by-products, used and surplus items or materials.

 

 






Paper Retriever® Customer:

Our umbrella company, Resolute Forest Products has filed for Restructuring under Chapter 11.  Our Paper Retriever program is a small part of this large company and as such we are part of the filing process.

Please note that the Paper Retriever program will continue in a business-as-usual fashion.  You will experience no interruptions in your paper recycling program.

Below is a letter from our corporate president, David Paterson.  If you would like additional information, please go to www.Resolute Forest Products.com.

 







1155 Metcalfe Street, Suite 800
Montreal, Quebec  H3B 5H2  Canada
T 514.875.2160  abitibobowater.com

 

April 16, 2009

Dear Resolute Forest Products Customer:

Abitibibowater and its subsidiaries announced today that they are filing for court protection in Canada and the United States to conduct a financial restructuring for the long-term interests of the Company, its customers, suppliers and employees.

Your business is important to us and for us it is business as usual.

In this regard, Resolute Forest Products has, through its subsidiaries, secured by means of debtor-in-possession financing and the continuation of an existing receivables securitization program, a total of approximately $415 million in financing to provide you and all our customers with reliable, quality service, on a business-as-usual basis.

The prudent action we have undertaken today and the vote of confidence represented by the new financing means that we will continue to operate on a normal basis as we restructure for the future.  We will now work on developing a reorganization plan to address our capital structure and will keep you apprised of progress.

Despite the difficult economic conditions in general and those of the credit markets in particular, Resolute Forest Products continues to have a positive cash flow, expert teams of experienced employees, valuable performing assets and an impressive roster of customers.

We look forward to justifying the confidence you have placed in us and will continue to strive to provide best in class products and service.  Thank you in advance for your patience and support as we work to achieve the outcome that serves the best interests of all our stakeholders.

Sincerely,




 



David J. Paterson
President and Chief Executive Officer