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[GreenYes] Re: Plastics

That's interesting. I heard a couple of months ago from some folks at a
Plastic Strategies conference that China was getting more selective but
things change quickly.

Pat Franklin
Executive Director
Container Recycling Institute
1776 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
phone 202.263.0999 fax 202.263.0949

> The operator of one of the bigger MRFs in Boston said that mixed loads of
> paper and plastic that two years ago had to be sent to an incinerator or
> landfill now have market value in China. He said the loads are being
> manually separated into constituent materials, driven by huge demand for
> raw materials and high energy prices there.
> This is still second-hand knowledge; I'd also be interested in anybody who
> has studied Chinese reuse markets in detail.
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>>>> "lstoerkel@no.address" <lstoerkel@no.address> 01/05/07 01:32PM >>>
> The City of Emeryville, CA accepts "all plastic bottles" although I've
> never seen a load refused because it contained other plastics. I spoke
> with a WMAC (Waste Management of Alameda County) rep who assured me
> that all mixed plastic shipped to China was being accepted at the port
> as recyclable, and she was certain that it was all being recycled.
> For me, that's the million dollar question. What's happening to all
> this plastic in China? How are they recycling 3-7 and non-bottle 1 and
> 2?
> Has anyone actually seen a Chinese plastic recycling plant in
> operation? And if so, what type of volume can they handle?
> Laurie Stoerkel
> City of Emeryville
> (510) 596-3795
> >

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