[GRRN] ENN Features Miller Plastic Beer Bottle Story

Bill Sheehan (zerowaste@grrn.org)
Mon, 25 Jan 1999 12:37:52 -0500

>From Environmental News Network, Monday, January 25, 1999

Plastic beer bottle may jeopardize recycling.

Miller's new plastic beer bottles may not be compatible with existing plastic
recycling systems.
Miller Brewing Company debuted a new plastic beer bottle in six major
metropolitan areas across the country in November -- the first introduced in
the United States. The company has publicized the bottle as fully recyclable,
however the GrassRoots Recycling Network said Thursday that the new product
could devastate plastics recycling around the country.

The Los Angeles City Council has called on Miller to take responsibility for
making its new package compatible with the city's recycling program before
introducing it more widely. Officials from Madison, Wis.,, and San Diego,
Calif., are also contacting Miller to urge the company to address the bottle's
negative impacts on recycling before it is introduced nationally.