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Re: [greenyes] Plastics News - Opinion Piece on state bottle bills, etc
The cartoon contains an insight that supporters of bottle bills should pay attention to. Legislators have to be careful in crafting "producer responsibility" bills like bottle bills to pin the responsibility where it belongs and will do the most good.

The plastic container industry is not responsible for the design or production of beverage containers -- they are simply suppliers to the beverage industry. That is why effective bottle bills place responsibility on the brand-owners rather than the container producers. When the bottle manufacturer (or for that matter the retailer) is responsible for Coke and Pepsi's containers, this leaves Coke and Pepsi laughing all the way to the bank.

On the other hand, once brand-owners are responsible for making sure their bottles are returned and reused or recycled, then *they* will take steps to build strong recycling markets by specifying *to their suppliers* that the bottles should contain recycled content.

(Supply) chain reaction.


At 02:37 PM 04/28/2003 -0400, lkingeco2@no.address wrote:
Too bad about the cartoon with the opinion piece, which shifts the impact of
what Steve Toloken wrote to a less balance perspective in my opinion.

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