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[GreenYes] RE: [CRRA] plastic? or wax? coated milk cartons

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A simple and highly beneficial act by the gable top packaging industry would be to switch to the use of PLA for the coating on these containers. Wont hurt the recyclability and will help the compostability.
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From: crra_members@no.address [mailto:crra_members@no.address] On Behalf Of Jeffrey Smedberg
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 9:39 AM
To: Julie Muir; Jewell, Rebecca ; GreenYes@no.address; crra_members@no.address
Cc: Spence, Bill - MRF
Subject: RE: [CRRA] plastic? or wax? coated milk cartons

How can you tell if a milk carton is waxed?  Run your fingernail down the side.  If you can scrape off some wax, there you go!
I have not seen a waxed gable top for decades.  Now they are poly-coated.
The scrape test also works on produce boxes.
Jeffrey Smedberg, Recycling Programs Coordinator
County of Santa Cruz Public Works Department
701 Ocean Street, Room 410, Santa Cruz, California  95060
831/454-2373  Fax 831/454-2385
-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf Of Jewell, Rebecca
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:12 PM
Cc: Spence, Bill - MRF
Subject: [CRRA] plastic? or wax? coated milk cartons

I've been reading up on gable tops and a practice of coating them in layers of polyethylene instead of wax.
Obviously this has an effect on their suitability for recycling vs composting.
Is there some way that one could determine, when purchasing milk, if the carton is coated with plastic or wax?
Thanks in advance,

Rebecca Jewell
Recycling Programs Manager
Davis Street Station for Material Recycling & Transfer
A Waste Management company

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