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Re: [GreenYes] Glass, plastic and steel cans not recyclable, says paperindustry executive

While Dr. Burke's comments that "Beverage containers, except for aluminum cans, are not recyclable" is the same line we all hear from people who look at recycling through a microscope rather than a wide-angle lens, his comments about paper making technology raise an interesting issue.  Dr. Burke highlights paper industry innovations such as  de-inking, wax removal, and getting floatable plastics out of the incoming material stream.  Rather than complaining about glass wearing down the machinery, how about creating a process to pull the glass out before it hits those machines?  The paper industry should face up to the fact that Americans love to recycle, especially paper.  The industry is going to have to deal with recycled fiber for the forseeable future, and the recycled fiber is likely to have some degree of glass contamination.  Quit crying about it and get that famous "American ingenuity" to work!

Sharon Gates
Recycling Specialist
City of Long Beach, California
562/570-4694

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