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[GreenYes] [jtrnet] Amber Plastic Containers coded #1?

Subject: Re: [jtrnet] Plastic Container Coding
To: "Public and non-profit recycling market developers" <jtrnet@no.address>
From: Steve.Danahy@no.address
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 14:28:13 -0500

Nebraska was one of those states that some years back allowed the amber
barrier bottles to be coded #1 unless & until they caused a problem in the
recycling stream.  We have not revisited that, nor have we become aware of
any problems with recycling that this may have caused.

Steve Danahy, Supervisor
Waste Planning & Aid Unit
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
PO Box 98922,  Lincoln, NE  68509-8922
From: "Kirchhoff, Fred (EPPC DEP DWM)" <Fred.Kirchhoff@no.address>
To: "Public and non-profit recycling market developers" <jtrnet@no.address>
Date: 06/14/2007 03:02 PM
cc: "Heil, Thomas (EPPC DEP DWM)" <thomas.heil@no.address>               

This issue has come up on and off over the past several years ~ PETE bottle
coding.  The first time was back in 2K when the beer industry wanted to
introduce the amber barrier bottle.  At that time they approached a lot of
states on interpretation as to whether it could be coded #1.  Some states
agreed, others did not.  Here in Kentucky we did not.  Since that time a
number of new technologies/processes have been developed involving barriers
and coatings of many different materials.  During our last 3 annual
legislative sessions a bill has been introduced to allow bottles/containers
containing various barriers or coatings to be coded based on the
"predominate" resin.  It has never made it out of committee.  In recent
months we have been approached by several different bottle and container
manufacturers individually on how to code bottles/containers containing
their particular barrier or coating.

Have any other states been approached recently (within the last year), or
we the only one?  Of those states that previously allowed coding of barrier
bottles/containers based on the "predominate" resin, have any revisited the
impact on recycling or seen any problems?

Fred Kirchhoff, Supervisor
Recycling and Marketing Assistance
Kentucky Division of Waste Management
14 Reilly Road
Frankfort, KY  40601
502-564-6716 ext 243

Gary Liss       
Fax: 916-652-0485

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