Re: [GRRN] Switzerland PVC Ban Lifted

From: Mike Morrow (
Date: Fri Sep 01 2000 - 12:20:13 EDT

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    You made a comment about processing bottles into bales degrades the plastic.
    How so?

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    From: RecycleWorlds <>
    To: GreenYes <>
    Date: Thursday, August 31, 2000 6:04 PM
    Subject: [GRRN] Switzerland PVC Ban Lifted

    > 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
    >conditions that continue to undermine the economics of PET recycling --
    >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
    > Peter
    >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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