A consultant disavows anti-industry bias in developing a plastics white paper on California recycling practices.
``We have bent over backwards to provide a balanced perspective,'' said Jim Gibson, director of NewPoint Group Inc. of Sacramento, July 22 by telephone.
``This is an independent analysis,'' Gibson said. ``To say that we are unfair is not very constructive.''
Representatives of the Polystyrene Packaging Council, Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers, California Film Extruders & Converters Association and others expressed apprehension and serious concerns and questioned NewPoint's fairness following an extensive June 24-25 workshop in Sacramento.
It is ``not constructive to the plastics industry to polarize [the issues],'' Gibson said. ``To open the dialogue with extremely polarized comments creates a lack of trust.''
Gibson praised the state for tackling the subject. ``We are on the cutting edge of a sensitive topic. Don't put energy into killing the topic,'' he implored.
``We don't think it is realistic to find a consensus among the divergent groups, but we hope to find enough common ground to define a process to develop solutions,'' he said.
NewPoint will file a draft in late August. The California Integrated Waste Management Board and the state Department of Conservation ordered the analytical paper with the objectives to conserve resources, increase recycling rates and boost use of recycled plastics.