Andrew Leonard's "How the world works" blog at Salon.com yesterday tackled the confusing world of PET recycling. The market has suffered through years of sluggish recycling rates despite healthy demand and fairly high prices for scrap material. I'm not sure how many people outside the plastics industry will be able to make sense of the column -- it's second nature to me, but I've been writing about this issue for 16 years. But Leonard does a pretty good job of putting all the pieces of the story into perspective. Most important, he seems to have reached the correct conclusion: curbside recycling isn't keeping up with the growing volume of PET bottles, which are being thrown away by the ton. Plastics News has urged the industry to support container deposit programs. Some PET blow molders know deposits are in their best interest, but their hands are tied -- they can't really lobby for deposits because their customers, the grocery chains and drink manufacturers, are opposed.
Salon explains PET recycling
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