California is obtaining an independent analysis of plastics recycling within the state.
``It's a big subject and fairly controversial,'' said Wendy Pratt, senior associate with the firm that is doing the study, New Point Group Inc. of Sacramento, Calif.
``If we can paint the pictures and present the facts, that is a big start,'' she said. ``We are trying to analyze the state's approach to date, step back [and] ask, is there a better way to do this?''
Pratt said New Point is preparing a white paper on a range of plastics issues for the California Integrated Waste Management Board and the state Department of Conservation.
Pratt and Jim Gibson, who is a New Point director, will conduct a wide-ranging workshop June 24-25 at CIWMB in Sacramento. New Point principals have extensive experience with recycling issues management.
Existing laws, public policies and solid-waste issues will be discussed along with recycling and disposal of plastic bottles, rigid packaging, films and polystyrene, and possible conversion technologies and emerging industry changes.
The state contracted with New Point in May 2001.
The consultants have met with trade groups, trash-bag manufacturers, waste haulers, recyclers and some local governments.
New Point has asked contacts to provide the workshop with written position papers including suggested policy alternatives.
Organizers anticipate New Point will deliver the white-paper draft by September to CIWMB's special waste and market development committee and the Department of Conservation's recycling division. Plans call for the white paper to reach CIWMB in November.
Meanwhile, CIWMB in May put off making a recommendation to the Legislature on revising the state's minimum recycled-content requirements for polyethylene trash bags.