CHICAGO — OMV-USA Machine Division did not send the 25,000 pounds of polypropylene cups it made at NPE 1997 into the Chicago convention's recycling program.
NPE recycling officials said they were disappointed in that fact, and said OMV officials told them the company was not participating in the program because it wanted the recycler to pay haul-away costs for the materials.
However, an OMV official said the firm supports recycling and did not throw its waste products out.
About 45 of the 75 companies at the show with machines making large amounts of plastic products took their materials and scrap to facilities set up at the convention's loading docks, said Suellen R. Harpham, president of SRHCompany, a Columbus, Ohio, firm that coordinated recycling at NPE.
OMV-USA of Genoa City, Wis., was one of the largest producers of potentially recyclable plastic products at NPE. The firm manufactures extrusion and thermoforming machines.
Companies that did not recycle their waste either did not have suitable materials or could not accommodate the cardboard recycling bins in their booths, she said.
SRHCompany Recycling Manager Jim Hauck said OMV told him that if the recycler ``is making money off this, then they should pay to take it out.''
Other companies that were not recycling, such as Van Dorn Demag Corp. of Strongsville, Ohio, worked extensively with NPE to try to accommodate recycling, Hauck said.
But Kent Johansson, director of OMV-USA, said that although his company supports recycling, it did not have the people to haul scrap out to recycling locations on the loading docks of the convention center.
``If they want it they should come and get it,'' he said. ``We are not throwing anything in the trash.''
Instead, OMV had the PP cups hauled away by the company that built the booths—Platinum Display Services Inc. in Burbank, Ill.—which in turn is giving the materials to workers who built the exhibits or to charity, according to Jim Lovig, Platinum's vice president of sales.