Sabourin on target about tax support
A May 25, Page 24 story, ``Advocates need to widen recycling appeal,'' quotes Dennis Sabourin as saying ``governments need to stop looking for recycling collection to pay for itself and treat it as a tax-supported service, like garbage disposal or the fire department.''
Good on him! If you want to play ... you gotta pay.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
FTC story one-sided, recycling official says
The May 4, Page 5 article ``FTC cracks down on resin code placement,'' explaining recent changes to the Federal Trade Commission's Green Guides, only presented the plastic industry's pleasure with the continued exemption of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s plastic resin code from misleading environmental labeling rules.
The report failed to say anything about the recycling managers across the country who are furious that such misleading advertising is allowed to continue.
The use of the SPI chasing arrows system is the single-largest headache to residential recycling.
Conveying the message that its continued use is a ``victory'' for recycling was upsetting to many of us who put a great deal of effort into changing this exemption.
Smaller companies deliver advantages
I enjoyed Joseph Pryweller's commentary May 18 on the role of smaller processing companies in the automotive industry.
Obviously, I agree with your observations about the ability of smaller, more agile firms to react faster and better than some mega-companies that have become not only bigger, but also slower. Your Perspective was refreshing, considering all the articles reporting on industry consolidation, i.e. ``the big getting bigger'' through acquisitions and mergers.
As you probably know, the sheet industry has been witnessing similar trends and scenarios, as reported in a Sept. 15 Plastics News review of the sheet industry, in which one large-company executive said:
``The day of the smaller custom sheet extruder is fast waning. A small regional house will have a tough time competing. ... Big, well-managed companies will continue to grow, and others will merge or sell.''
A little annoying and a bit arrogant, I thought, but it brought to mind Mark Twain's famous remark: ``The report of my death was an exaggeration.''
Witt Plastics Inc.