The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers has asked the Vinyl Institute for support in re-establishing domestic markets for post-consumer PVC bottles.
``Currently, there is a lack of viable markets for post-consumer PVC bottles,'' said Gary Pratt, president of bottle recycler P&R Environmental Industries Inc. of Youngville, N.C. ``Just like our company, many APR members are faced with disposing recovered PVC bottles in the landfill as their only recourse.
``The APR is not singling out PVC, but currently, it is the only type of post-consumer bottle material that cannot be marketed,'' Pratt said in an APR news release.
Pratt also is on the group's board of directors.
Robert Burnett, executive director for the Vinyl Institute in Morristown, N.J., pledged to help recyclers find markets for PVC bottles.
``We've always been very supportive of the recycling industry in the United States,'' Burnett said in a telephone interview July 2.
Last year recycling of all materials dipped, he said. Recycled materials are economically sensitive, and overseas markets come and go. Domestic markets also are affected based on what extent packaging regulations are enforced in states such as California. The key in domestic markets is economically sustainable recycling and product quality, he added.
According to Burnett, PVC is recycled back into nonfood containers for products such as household chemicals. It also is used in multilayer pipe.
APR strongly urged the Vinyl Institute and its members to accept responsibility for establishing long-term, viable recycling markets for the bottles they produce.
After what Burnett termed a ``full, frank and open discussion,'' APR and the Vinyl Institute will continue to encourage the recycling of PVC bottles with the institute finding leads for APR members. The Vinyl Institute has a database of organizations that recycle or make products from PVC.
Washington-based APR comprises 50 companies that acquire, reprocess and sell post-consumer plastics.
The Vinyl Institute is a unit of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., which is based in Washington.