Starting Oct. 1, it will be illegal to throw away plastic bottles in North Carolina. According to this story in the Elizabeth City, N.C., Daily Advance, the law will prohibit disposal of rigid plastic containers. Scott Mouw, environmental supervisor for the state Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, told the newspaper that the state expects a huge environmental payoff, in addition to economic benefits. By collecting more HDPE and PET, local recyclers will benefit, as well as the state's plastics processors. Mike Verespej, Plastics News' staff reporter who covers recycling, talked to Mouw for some stories recently, too. In our recent special report on recycling, Verespej's sources noted that the market for HDPE is "a little bleak" right now, while PET is experiencing an uptick. I enjoyed some of the reader comments on the Daily Advance story. One reader suggests that the government pay people to go to the dumps and sort trash for recycling. Wouldn't it be easier collect them in a recycling bin, rather than digging through a landfill?
Tarheels to make throwing away plastic bottles illegal
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