3 Juni 2012

Bioplastics Get Trashed in Rhode Island

Plant-based PET seems not yet accepted as recyclable by customers at this time.

The claim on the bottle and on Dasani’s website, which shows an image of a water bottle emerging from a dew-flecked green leaf, is that its plant-based PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles are made from up to 30 percent plants and are 100 percent recyclable.

But buyers of Rhode Island’s post-consumer plastic consider plant-based PET plastic to be a contaminant, according to Sarah Kite, director of recycling services for the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC).

Perplexed that Dasani’s marketing claims weren’t matching up to reality, ecoRI News contacted Steve Alexander at the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APPR), a national trade association representing companies who acquire, reprocess and sell more than 90 percent of the post-consumer plastic in North America.

… Full text: www.ecori.org/front-page-journal/2012/6/3/bioplastics-get-trashed-in-rhode-island.html

Tags: monoethylene glycol (MEG), compostable, biodegradable

Source: ecoRI news, 2012-06-03.

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