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[greenyes] PLASTICS 1-7 Vs. GLASS
Information I've received so far is that Waste
Management has new facilites in NC and Chicago for
recycling plastic so they will be geared to marketing
more plastic over glass.  Apparently they do not have
a nationwide contract, but they will be wanting to
increase their plastic amounts around the country.

As for recycling glass versus plastic, Florida DEP
told me that people should want to recycle glass,
period.  However, it depends on the local markets as
well as public preference. They advise doing a survey
through a local college or university or a consulting
firm to see what the people want to do. That can be
expensive. You can also set up your own survey through
your local library system and survey people who use
the library computers. 

FDEP said recycling plastics 3-7 don't make much
difference; the return is limited. Most communities
that have tried it have backed off it.  You're paying
a price by recycling 3-7's just to get more 1s and 2s,
which is the real reason why they are considering
recycling 3-7s.  People are not recycling all 1s and
2s because they don't bother to check all the bottles
for the 1 and 2, so they only throw in the bin the
obvious ones.  By recycling all plastic, businesses
would pick up more 1s and 2s where the profit margin
is.

If we could only have a nationwide referendum on
recycling, the power of the people would defeat all
these corporations.

The recent announcement that legislators are going
forward with a nationwide bottle bill is great news,
but according to the FDEP, it won't happen because the
beverage companies have already said they are going to
pour millions to defeat it.

:(    





--- Jenny Gitlitz <jenny.gitlitz@no.address> wrote:
> Bette,
> Would you mind forwarding any responses you get to
> this question? We'd like
> to learn about it too.
> 
> Thanks,
> Jenny
> 
> On 7/22/03 8:22 PM, bet danse at betdanse@no.address
> wrote:
> 
> > 
> > Hi,
> > 
> > Anyone know anything about a contract Waste
> Management
> > has to collect plastics 1-7 nationwide
> > in place of glass collection?
> > 
> > Being told here that glass is not a profitable
> > commodity, not a hazard to the environment (more
> > a litter problem), and by eliminating glass
> curbside
> > pickup, that would free up room in the trucks to
> all
> > plastics.
> > 
> > Got to be money in plastics 1-7 then compared to
> > glass.  
> > 
> > Please contact me if you have any info on this.
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > 
> > Bette 
> > 
> > 
> > 
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> Jennifer Gitlitz
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