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[greenyes] PET recycling rate: correction issued in the Christian Science Monitor


The Christian Science Monitor has issued an on-line correction to their
story "Trendy Source of Waste," after 3 weeks of gentle pressure from
GreenYessers and CRI. The article discusses rising plastic bottle
consumption and wasting in the United States:

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1027/p16s01-sten.html

The original version read in part:
"Aluminum, glass, or plastic containers are recycled only if consumers toss
them in the right bin. The American Plastics Council estimates that only 50
percent of plastic bottles now go into a recycling bin."

The corrected version now reads:
"Aluminum, glass, or plastic containers are recycled only if consumers toss
them in the right bin. The plastics recycling industry operates at 50
percent of capacity, but industry sources indicate that the actual bottle
recycling rate is much lower. According to the National Association for PET
Container Resources the nationwide PET bottle recycling rate was 19.9
percent in 2002. [Editor's note: The original version overstated the current
recycling rate.]"


Thanks very much to all the squeaky wheels out there! Happy Thanksgiving!

Jennifer Gitlitz
Research Director, Container Recycling Institute

Home Office:
2 Pomeroy Ave.
Dalton, MA 01226
Tel. (413) 684-4746
Mobile: (413) 822-0115
Fax: (413) 403-0233
Email: jgitlitz@no.address

Please note the new address for CRI¹s main office:
Container Recycling Institute
1601 North Kent St., Suite 803
Arlington, VA 22209-2105
Tel. (703) 276-9800
Fax: (703) 276-9587
www.container-recycling.org
www.bottlebill.org






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