[GRRN] Switzerland PVC Ban Lifted

From: RecycleWorlds (anderson@msn.fullfeed.com)
Date: Tue Aug 29 2000 - 12:55:18 EDT

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        According to the 8/28/00 Plastics News ("Swiss lifting PVC bottle ban"), the "Swiss
    government plans to lift a 10 year ban on the use of PVC beverage bottles in the
    country...because a ban no longer can be justified in the face of technological advances,"
    said Switzerland's EPA which pointed to autosort systems that were subsequently developed.

        Apparently, the significant cost and inefficiencies of these systems in field
    conditions that continue to undermine the economics of PET recycling -- notwithstanding
    the existence of a "technical" solution -- were not considered. That is to say, the
    vendors have developed excellent optical recognition systems, but the fact that the bottle
    stream, after baling and shipping which is inherent in the use of intermediate processing,
    is highly degraded when it arrives at the reclaimer is the nub of the problem.

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

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