GreenYes Digest V97 #317

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GreenYes Digest Tue, 30 Dec 97 Volume 97 : Issue 317

Today's Topics:
GRRN Coke Campaign
tyvek problem

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Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 12:12:54 -0600
From: "RecycleWorlds" <>
Subject: GRRN Coke Campaign

The December 22, 1997 issue of Plastic News has a column noting
interesting stories of 1997, including:

"SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL AWARD. To Coca-Cola Co., for ignoring
repeated pleas from 50 environmental groups and a Georgia state
senator to reuse Coke bottles voluntarily instead of allowing them to
be landfilled. A written plea from the GrassRoots Recycling Network to
top Coke officials fell on deaf ears, as did the group's protest
outside Coke's Atlanta headquarters. When GRRN complained in March,
Coke officials directed all calls to the Goergia Soft Drink
Association, which in turn insisted it was an industry issue."

Peter Anderson
RecycleWorlds Consulting
4513 Vernon Blvd. Ste. 15
Madison, WI 53705-4964
Phone:(608) 231-1100/Fax: (608) 233-0011


Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 17:02:53 -0600
From: "RecycleWorlds" <>
Subject: PVC

The December 17, 1997 issue of Plastics in the Environment contains
this story on the attitude of the PVC industry to recycling:


"One of the most quoted speakers at the SPE Annual Recycling
Conference was Don Goodman of Occidential Chemical, who forecast that
the future will see a major increase in the recycling of PVC through
energy recover BY INCINERATION.

"This is because mechanical recycling levels appear to have peaked
with no obvious hope of an increase to come, while the deregulation of
the energy industry could open up new markets for process-engineered
fuels, including those made from discarded plastics. They will be used
mainly in iron and steel blast furnaces. Moreover, APC public research
shows a growing acceptance of such fuels as a form of recycling.

Goodman's views were backed up news that the Vinyl Institute remains
unable to find export markets for the large stockpiles of baled PVC
bottle scrap, despite all of its recent efforts. ... "
Peter Anderson
RecycleWorlds Consulting
4513 Vernon Blvd. Ste. 15
Madison, WI 53705-4964
Phone:(608) 231-1100/Fax: (608) 233-0011


Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 15:42:19 -0500
From: "Blair Pollock" <>
Subject: tyvek problem

Based on what I learned from all of you this weekend, I sent the following
to our local newspapers and called DuPont to let them know how I felt. I'll
let you know if they run it. I also verified with our local paper packer
about the problem and they said "Yes, definitely a problem." I also
suggested they call DuPont and tell them about the problem.

>Tvek in Business Week and 18 other publications is a contaminant for recyclers
>The December 22nd issue of Business Week and in 18 other publications that
week has a full page ad (plus carryover for stapling purposes) by DuPont of
their nearly impossible to tear material Tyvek. The ad with the Tyvek also
appeared in:
> Newspapers
> USA Today
> Investor's Business Daily
> The Wall Street Journal
> Barron's
> Magazines
> Business Week
> Forbes
> Architectural Digest
> Institutional Investor
> National Journal
> Bloomberg Personal
> Smithsonian
> US News & World Report
> National Review
> Harper's
> Art News
> Ivy League Network
> Roll Call
> Economist
>Markets including our local Paper Stock Dealers tell us that Tyvek is a
no-no in ANY grade of paper you might try to market, including the lowest of
residential mixes. The Tyvek will be a major contaminant. In one case
nationally, inclusion of this material has already resulted in the serious
downgrading of the magazines as a recyclable feedstock.
>We request that citizens and businesses not include these magazines or
newspapers in their curbside or drop off recycling programs or to cut out
the ads before recycling the magazin and to contact DuPont and the
publications to let them know some of the difficulties that their marketing
decisions have made on recyclability of paper. Web addresses include
> and
>DuPont's phone number is 1-800-441-7515.
>Now, for a small bit of good news. While DuPont acknowledges that the Tyvek
is not recyclable mixed in with paper, it is in itself recyclable and
>they will be glad to do so if people will take a pair of scissors,
>cut out the ads, and send them to DuPont Tyvek, DMP LR2E5, Box 80705,
Wilmington, Delaware 19880-0705.
>This seems to be a classic case of manufacturers ignoring
>their responsibility for the disposition of their products.


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