[GRRN] Plastic Story from Villanova U

patfranklin (cri@container-recycling.org)
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 08:03:41 -0400 (EDT)


Remember when Ron Perkins (then at APC) told a legislative committee in CA
that "markets for PET are not a problem"? Well, he needs to tell that to
the recycling coordinator at Villanova U in Philly. Here's what she told
me. . . .

>Date: Thu, 26 Aug 1999 07:49:23 -0400

>Ms. Franklin:
>The recycler was accepting my #1 and #2 at no charge to me, but not
>paying me either. Then they switched from that to charging me $60 per
>ton, which is higher than our trash tipping fee. No one has ever offered
>me money for plastic, and I have asked them if they would take just PETE
>or HDPE but no one around here seems to want the stuff at all. Finally a
>waste management location in Philadelphia agreed to take it for gratis,
>but it's about two hours round trip. Anyway that's my plastics story.


I wonder how many other folks are running into the same problem. Anyone
care to respond???

happy returns,


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