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RE: [greenyes] Plastic bottles pile up as mountains of waste

I'm sure it was frustrating for you to find the question posted; wishing MSNBC had done something so incredibly simple as to call an expert. I would think if the reporter would have just asked a co-worker if they thought it sounded OK, they would have done it differently.  

We (manufacturers) could sure use all the PET that can be collected...


All the best,

Dan Weisenbach

 On Thu, 3 Mar 2005 18:57:39 -0500, Pat Franklin wrote:
> Hello Dan,
> We couldn't agree more. The reasons were poorly worded.  Not our
> doing I might add.  We didn't know there would even be a question.
> Wish they had asked us for some suggested wording.  These polls are
> anything but scientific as you well know.  I think the key words
> here were "Should Congress pass a national law requiring a deposit
> on all beverage containers?"  Poll after poll shows that container
> deposit legislation is popular with the public.  It's quite
> possible that many voters never even saw the idiotic reasons given
> on the msnbc poll.  Three polls conducted by reputable polling
> firms were released last year in New York, Iowa and Michigan.  All
> have had a deposit law for more than 20 years.  In all three polls 
> 85% or more of the registered voters polled said they approved of
> the law and 75% or more in each state thought the law should be
> expanded to include non-carbonated beverages.  
> Pat Franklin
> ****************************************
> Patricia Franklin
> Executive Director
> Container Recycling Institute
> 1601 North Kent Street, Suite 803
> Arlington, VA 22209-2105
> TEL: 703.276.9800
> FAX: 703.276.9587
> EMAIL: pfranklin@no.address
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Dan Weisenbach [mailto:dan@no.address] Sent: Thursday,
>> March 03, 2005 5:42 PM
>> To: Christine McCoy; Recycling Works; Greenyes@no.address Org;
>> Jtrnet@no.address Rtpnc. Epa. Gov Subject: Re: [greenyes] Plastic
>> bottles pile up as mountains of waste
>> Unfortunately, the results from this poll are completely useless.
>> The question is so poorly worded that the choice of responses is
>> not directly related to the question of a national bottle bill.
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------
>> ----------------- Should Congress pass a national law requiring a
>> deposit on all beverage containers? - Yes, the amount being
>> trashed is getting out of hand. - No, it takes more energy to
>> recycle those containers than to make new ones. - Can't decide
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------
>> ---------------- <<<<there have been over 6920 responses, with
>> the results running: Yes 83% No 13% Can't decide 4%
>> My guess is that the result would be very different if the
>> response choices were different.
>> What if . . .
>>  Yes = We need a burdensome bureaucracy to cripple small
>> businesses, increase the costs of groceries and jeopardize the
>> health of the public.
>>  No = we should encourage more recycling of plastic bottles by
>> lowering taxes on new businesses, supporting tort reform, and
>> eliminating property taxes on machinery and inventory.
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------
>> ----------- The above is merely an illustration of how a poll can
>> be skewed to achieve any outcome.     When the NFIB (National
>> Federation of Independent Business) conducts a poll of its
>> members, they give the history of the question, a description of
>> the proposal and supply a pro and con debate on the topic. Then
>> the choices are 1) Yes, 2) No, 3) Undecided, and 4) not
>> interested.   I can imagine that people will quote the results of
>> this MSNBC poll and then be dumbfounded when legislation is not
>> passed. Some might even complain of "voting irregularities."  
>> Think it through.   Dan Weisenbach Vice-Chairman, Ohio Department
>> of Natural Resources - Division of Recycling and Litter
>> Prevention Advisory Council
>> Weisenbach Specialty Printing Inc.
>> On Wed, 02 Mar 2005 11:41:45 -0500, Christine McCoy wrote:
>>> Plastic bottles pile up as mountains of waste
>>> Americans are guzzling more water out of plastic bottles than
>>> ever  before, but recycling fewer -- in part because so many of
>>> the  bottles are used outside the home.  
>>> 2?  

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