California city votes to ban PS packaging
SALINAS, CALIF. — Salinas has joined the growing number of communities in California that have banned the use of polystyrene foam takeout packaging.
The ban, enacted by City Council in a 6-1 vote Aug. 16, is scheduled to go into effect Feb. 12.
With a population of more than 150,000, Salinas is the fourth-largest city in the state to ban PS containers — after San Francisco, Oakland and Huntington Beach.
Salinas is also the largest city in Monterey County and the first inland community in the county to ban PS takeout packaging. The other cities in Monterey County with PS bans are the coastal communities of Carmel, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Del Ray Oaks and Seaside.
The broad definition in the Salinas law extends the ban to all disposable food serviceware, including plates, cups, bowls, trays, cup lids, straws, utensils, hinged or lidded containers, bags, wrappings and cartons. The ban applies to all establishments that sell or provide prepared food for takeout, including vendors and push carts.
Salinas is the fourth city in California to enact a PS ban this year. There are now 39 bans on PS takeout packaging in the state — 36 by cities and three counties. In addition, Los Angeles and four other counties in California have PS bans at citywide facilities and events.
The state Assembly Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote Aug. 25 on a bill that would phase out PS packaging statewide starting in 2016. The bill, SB 568, has already passed in the state Senate.
Pipe maker ADS to open plant in Iowa
HILLIARD, OHIO — Corrugated pipe maker Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. will open a plant in Hampton, Iowa, that it said will begin extruding plastic pipe by mid-September.
The plant will serve northeastern Iowa and southern Minnesota. ADS picked Hampton for its location, interstate access and a qualified labor pool, said Joe Chlapaty, chairman and CEO of ADS.
“We're seeing an enormous demand for all of our products, including our single-wall agricultural pipe, dual-wall storm-drain pipe, HP sanitary pipe, storm chambers, sanitary chambers and many other products throughout the region,” Chlapaty said in a news release announcing the new plant.
Hilliard-based ADS did not immediately release details about the number of employees or the equipment needed for the Hampton pipe factory.
Niagara building bottling plant in N.C.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Niagara Bottling LLC has hired a builder for its newest PET preforms, bottle and closures plant.
Choate Construction Co. will build the 310,000-square-foot factory in Mooresville, N.C., according to a release from the Charlotte-based construction company.
The facility, to be operational in 2012, will include multiple German injection and blow molding lines and will employ 66, according to the release.
Officials at Ontario, Calif.-based Niagara, one of the largest privately held bottled water companies in the U.S., did not return telephone calls and email seeking comment.
The vertically integrated facility, which will run 365 days a year, represents a $45 million investment by Niagara over three years, according to the Choate release.
Niagara received a $200,000 One North Carolina Fund grant to support the site, according to a June 22 news release from Gov. Bev. Perdue. Workers at the factory will be paid an average annual salary of $39,447 plus benefits.
The 252,000-square-foot Arizona plant, which opened in 2010, cost the company $35 million and employs about 60, according to past local media reports.
Next Plastics News issue will run Sept. 5
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