[GRRN] "Switzerland to lift ban on PVC bottles from Jan 2001"

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Date: Thu Jul 20 2000 - 05:07:33 EDT

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    Chemical News & Intelligence

                                              July 7, 2000

    LENGTH: 185 words

    HEADLINE: Switzerland to lift ban on PVC bottles from Jan 2001

    SOURCE: Chemical News & Intelligence

    BYLINE: Anna Jagger

    DATELINE: London


    The Swiss government is to lift its ban on the sale of polyvinyl
    chloride (PVC) bottles, the Swiss environment agency Buwal
    announced on Friday.

    The decision to lift the ten-year ban was made by the Swiss Federal
    Council on Wednesday (5 July), it said, and will take
    effect from 1 January 2001.

    Buwal said technological developments since the ban was first introduced
    in 1990 have removed the environmental threat
    posed by PVC bottles to the extent that the prohibition can no longer be

    Switzerland introduced the ban because of problems with sorting PVC
    bottles from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles
    and with the release of toxic emissions during incineration.

    Hans-Peter Fahrni, head of waste management at Buwal, said lifting of
    the ban is not expected to lead to an increase in the
    use of PVC in Switzerland. This is because prior to the ban PVC bottles
    sold in Switzerland were imported from countries -
    mainly France and Belgium - which have generally switched to PET. In
    addition, PVC bottles would have to be sold in
    Switzerland with a mandatory deposit, he said.

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