Re: [GRRN] Miller plastic beer bottle

From: David Wood (dwood@ssc.wisc.edu)
Date: Wed Sep 13 2000 - 18:50:51 EDT

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    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.

    David Wood
    Policy Director
    Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS)
    www.cows.org

    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?
    >Thanks,
    >Heidi Feldman
    >Public Education Coordinator
    >Monterey Regional Waste Management District
    >Tel.: 831/384-5313 FAX: 831/384-3567

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    David Wood
    Policy Director
    Center on Wisconsin Strategy
    1180 Observatory Drive, Rm. 7122
    Madison WI 53706
    608-263-7563
    dwood@ssc.wisc.edu
    www.cows.org



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