MIller has containers out at the Milwaukee County stadium for people to
deposit these bottles, but some good late night snooping after a game by
one of my interns revealed that the bottles just get tossed. I think
recyclers have real concerns with the effects these bottles have on the PET
stream, given the multiple layers of material that go into their
production. Posted on the GRRN web site (www.grrn.org) is a letter written
by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
to the bottler raising serious legal questions about the bottle, its use
and sale in Wisconsin, and its "1" PET label.
As I recall, Anheuser-Busch stopped using the plastic bottle after test
marketing, but Miller Brewing has expanded the number of markets in which
they are selling the brown plastic beer bottle. They are marketing it
heavily with twin messages of safety at sports and entertainment venues and
that it is lightweight and easy for vendors to carry.
Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS)
At 02:55 PM 09/13/2000 -0700, Heide Feldman wrote:
>I recently obtained a plastic (brown) beer bottle when visiting the Midwest.
>What was the last news about this item, its potential to contaminate other
>PET plastic, and general recyclability? I got the bottle at a baseball
>stadium and there lots of containers from Miller to collect the bottles. But
>how would this be in the general recycling stream?
>Public Education Coordinator
>Monterey Regional Waste Management District
>Tel.: 831/384-5313 FAX: 831/384-3567
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