Grocery store chain changes program
PORTLAND, ORE.—Some 42 Thriftway grocery stores across Oregon and Washington are changing their recycling programs, dropping some materials and changing the way others are collected.
The Portland-based chain no longer is taking PET and clear polystyrene deli and bakery containers, nor will it accept prescription containers contaminated with paper and tape.
In addition, the stores no longer will accept grocery bags in its monthly recycling program. However, they will set up a daily in-store recycling program for the bags. The bags have a market value of about 1 cent per pound, and cost 5 cents per pound to process, according to Thriftway President Ray Van Wetten.
``The good news is that even though it's necessary to eliminate some items, 85 percent of household plastics still can be recycled in the monthly recycling program,'' Van Wetten said in a news release.
As a result of a series of customer protests, the plastics collection program was extended until June 28. The 6-year-old program had been scheduled to end in November 1996.
Van Wetten cited the cost of recycling and its infrastructure as the reason for the changes. The program costs Thriftway more than $250,000 per year.
APC names winner in 'Reuse It' contest
WASHINGTON — The American Plastics Council has chosen its grand prize winner in its National Plastics Reuse It Contest.
C. Jane Berrone from Edwardsville, Pa., won a trip to France for her reuses of a liquid dishwashing soap bottle. APC received more than 1,000 entries.
Some of Berrone's ideas included making plastic dolls, toy fish, holiday ornaments and soap dishes. APC is based in Washington.