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Re: [greenyes] Shortage of R-PET


In a message dated 5/3/2005 2:38:29 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
anderson@no.address writes:You just might get what you wish for In 2000, recycling
advocacy groups led by the GrassRoots Recycling Network started pressuring
Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. to use more recycled PET. That year, Coke officials
agreed to start using 10 percent recycled content in billions of the
company's bottles. In 2002, PepsiCo officials outlined a goal to use 10 percent
recycled content in their firm's containers. But those environmental community
victories are putting recyclers and processors on the spot to come up with
enough material for everybody. Coke and Pepsi together are consuming in the
neighborhood of an additional 200 million pounds of recovered PET bottles or so per
year, according to recycling industry estimates. The additional demand has led
to shortages of 100 million to 200 million pounds per year, according to
Cavin.


Green Yes;
Yet in Europe they (plastic packaging industry) pay the local governments to
burn the plastic in the local incinerators and in the US they refuse
(legislative lobbyists) to allow the States and the US Congress to pass producer
responsibility (container deposit) legislation.

We need to stop burning and burying plastic and continue to push for more
recycling opportunities for the material. The GRRN goal was to get the price of
RPET to go up so recyclers could cover their costs to collect and process the
material by making the packaging producers responsible and that is what is
happening (supply and demand).
Rick

Ricanthony@no.address
RichardAnthonyAssociates.com
San Diego, California


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