Re: greenyes-d Digest V00 #260

From: Amy Perlmutter (
Date: Wed Sep 06 2000 - 10:43:48 EDT

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    My concern about all bottles-- or asking folks to recycle anything that
    ultimately gets landfilled-- is that when the public finds out, which they
    will, they will not understand why it is getting disposed after all their
    efforts to separate and help the environment, and it might actually create
    a backlash where they will not recycle at all anymore. I don't know if
    it's worth the 10% more HDPE and PET for that risk.

    >Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 17:37:41 -0400 (EDT)
    >From: Pat Franklin <>
    >Subject: [GRRN] All Bottle approach to plastic bottle recovery
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    >Sorry for cross postings!
    >I'd be interested in feedback on the 'all bottle' approach to recycling
    >plastic bottles through curbside recycling programs. NSDA endorsed this
    >approach in a press release (Aug 30, 2000). I don't doubt that this would
    >increase the total number of plastic bottles recovered, and maybe even
    >increase PET and HDPE bottle recovery, but at what cost?
    >Has anyone seen any data comparing costs and PET bottle recovery of all
    >bottle programs to PET and HDPE only programs? The release states that APC
    >reports a 10 percent increase in PET and HDPE bottles, but I wonder how many
    >tons of bottles of other resin types are collected through curbside programs
    >and then landfilled.
    >The 'all bottle' curbside approach still doesn't address the problem of the
    >plastic soda (and other beverage) bottles consumed away from home. I don't
    >know exactly what percent that is but I would think it would be the=
    > majority.
    >Pat Franklin, Executive Director
    >Container Recycling Institute
    >1911 Ft Myer Drive, Suite 900
    >Arlington, Virginia 22209
    >703/276-9800 fax 276-9587

    Amy Perlmutter
    Executive Director
    Chelsea Center for Recycling and
    Economic Development
    University of Massachusetts
    180 Second Street
    Chelsea, MA 02150
    617-887-2300/fax 617-887-0399
    visit our web site at

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