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[greenyes] shrink-wrapped bottles
Is the wrapping on bottles such as Arizona Iced Tea considered to be a 
contaminant to the recycled materials stream?  Is there a difference 
between wrapped glass bottles and wrapped plastic bottles?  I recall some 
discussion of this years ago when the wrapped plastic bottles were first 
coming onto the market, but I don't remember the specifics.

I just received a question from a resident about this, and wanted to get 
more information before I respond.  Interestingly (at least, to me), the 
resident also asked about painted bottles such as Corona beer.  After the 
discussion on this list last year on just that topic, I felt like I could 
give a (moderately) informed response to that portion of her question.

Sharon Gates
Recycling Specialist
City of Long Beach, California

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