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[GreenYes] RPET -- Supply and Demand
It looks as though the demand for curbside PET will be increasing
as Coke looks to curbside for RPET for its plastic soda bottles.
(see article #1 below "Waste Management Inc. to supply recycled
plastic to Coca-Cola Co."

One can only wonder how tight state and local budgets will impact
local recycling programs -- funding may be shifted from recycling
and waste management to higher priority issues such as education,
water quality, etc.  (see article #2 below "NYC Mayor's proposed
budget would suspend recycling programs")

The following article is from Waste News (internet)
Waste Management Inc. to supply
recycled plastic to Coca-Cola Co.

ATLANTA (Feb. 19) -- Coca-Cola Co. has signed an agreement with the
nationīs largest solid waste management firm to supply it with recycled
plastic for its soft drink containers.

Recycle America, a subsidiary of Waste Management Inc., will supply
recycled polyethylene terephthalate to Southeastern Container Inc., a
manufacturing cooperative owned by a group of Coca-Cola bottlers.

Recycle America will provide Southeastern Container with recycled PET
flake, which Coca-Cola will incorporate into its plastic bottles.

Recycle Americaīs plant in Raleigh, N.C., is the nationīs largest facility
handling mixed plastic containers.


 From Waste Age Wire
New York -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a
$41.4 billion budget proposal, which includes an 18-month
suspension of metal, glass and plastic recycling.
Bloomberg's push for the recycling suspension could save
the city $57 million. The mayor added that much of the
recycling program is costly and inefficient -- glass, metal
and plastic recycling costs $240 per ton, whereas trash
disposal costs $130 per ton. The city's paper recycling
program, which would remain intact, costs $87 per ton,
according to the mayor's office.
New York state law requires curbside recycling, and each
city can decide which materials to include. City officials
said that the City Council would have to approve the plan.
The mayor's proposal also calls for a 12.2 percent reduction
for the city's sanitation department.

Pat Franklin
Executive Director
Container Recycling Institute
1911 Ft Myer Drive, Suite 702
Arlington, Virginia  22209
703.276.9800  fax 703.276.9587

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