In the year 2000, the Olympics won't take PVC. The New South Wales government's Olympics Environment Committee has estab-lished guidelines aiming to minimize and ideally avoid use of chlorine-based products including PVC for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Companies tendering for construction contracts are required to demonstrate how they will comply with the guidelines.
Australia's plastics industry is fighting the environmental guidelines, which target construction and food packaging. Plastics processors and manufacturers want to meet with the committee and get more practical guidelines implemented.
Rob Faulkner, corporate af-fairs manager for PVC manufacturer Auseon Ltd. of Melbourne, Australia, said the specific mention of PVC is the result of environmental group Greenpeace Australia's continuing campaign to ban PVC in Australia.
Sydney-based Greenpeace said PVC is a toxic pollutant. The OEC said it works closely with Greenpeace and has used its guidelines for construction of the Olympic Village.
But Faulkner said many new and existing Olympic Games buildings already use PVC in their construction. He said Greenpeace's anti-PVC stance is scientifically unfounded and impractical from technical and economic points of view.
Australia's Plastics & Chemicals Industries Association said PVC is ideal for use in the Olympic Village because of its strength, durability and flame-retardant qualities.
The OEC's packaging guidelines, which aim for ``nondisposable cutlery and crockery at food outlets wherever possible,'' have angered the Packaging Council of Australia, of which many plastics companies are members.
A PCA spokeswoman said a blanket ban on plastic cutlery would be impractical and discriminatory.