CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nine new companies have joined the National Association for Plastic Container Recovery, a PET recycling trade group based in Charlotte.
Three more PET bottle makers could join the organization in the next three to four weeks, NAPCOR President Luke Schmidt said. NAPCOR began a membership drive in September.
``This really demonstrates the PET industry's commitment to recycling,'' Schmidt said.
The nine new members will give NAPCOR 27 members, and will make it easier for the organization to begin to do market data research comparing how PET containers are faring against other materials in the marketplace, Schmidt said.
The new members also will help NAPCOR support local recycling programs, according to Schmidt.
NAPCOR members have about 90 percent of the PET bottle-producing capacity in the United States. The three or four additional members will boost that to about 95 percent, he said.
He would not discuss the specific impact of the new members on NAPCOR's budget.
The new PET bottle-producing members are: Constar Inc., based in Philadelphia; Danone International Brands Inc. and Great Brands of Europe Inc., two Stamford, Conn.-based subsidiaries of Danone Group; Novapak Corp., which is in Eatontown, N.J.; Star Container Co. in Phoenix; and Twinpak Inc. in Dorval, Quebec.
The new resin and machinery supplier members are: BASF Corp. in Mount Olive, N.J.; Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. in Bolton, Ontario; and Sidel Inc. in Norcross, Ga.