|A recycler in
Chape HIll NC recently asked us about the recyclability of the new self-heating
can for hot beverages -- soups, coffees etc. (www.ontech.com) the body is reported on
their web site as made from polypropylene with steel end caps and the chemcial
'heater' is water combined with calcium oxide activated when you break the
internal seal. Their web page says "The container is recyclable and place in any
recycling bin." I have no idea if the PP comes easily apart from the
steel, what the residual chemical is post reaction and how its bound to the PP
lining after the exo thermic reaction is completed, etc.
Not exactly a
burning question in these panicked days for recyclers, but if anyone knows
about these self-heating cans, please advise. Their web page is interesting
reading, esp. the part about why they produced this product. "We expect
our product to enhance a wide variety of everyday occasions for the
average consumer." Thanks for any input on this product's
Solid Waste Planner
Orange County Solid Waste Management
P.O. Box 17177
Chapel Hill, NC 27516-7177
(919) 968-2788 or direct: (919) 968-2800 x161
(919) 932-2900 fax
Recycling accounts for over 14,000 private
sector jobs in North Carolina with an annual payroll of over $376 million.
Private sector recycling jobs in NC have increased 13% since 2003.
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