Friday, September 25, 2009

Keep America Beautiful

This is from Jane Barbot about the State law on Plastic Bottles

I just wanted to update you on some more information about the new law that goes into effect on Oct 1st.  I was at the Keep America Beautiful meeting Wednesday (today) in High Point and asked the man from Department of Natural Resources (DENR) about some of the questions you asked me Monday at the GCNC, Inc. Fall Board Meeting.  There is also a front page article in the N&O today quoting him also about this new law. I have listed the address to open and read this.
The whole plastic drink bottle can be recycled with the top left on.  A good way to get more bottles in your recycling container is crush and put top back on bottle so it will not regain its original shape.  (They will undo themselves from crushing if you don’t put the cap back on them.  They have “memory”.  The caps are removed in the recycling process.  The wrappings around the bottles also come off in this process.
Bottles that are recyclable are the ones that have the small neck.  Square juice bottles are not recyclable.
Also, oil filters are named in the same law along with wooden pallets.  But I’m not sure any of us have those items around the house.
So far there are not in place any fines for finding these plastic bottles in your personal trash.  They are depending on the “good will” of the people to recycle these items.  If necessary, the law does say it is against the law and fines can be put into place.  It is most important to keep these items out of the land fields.
A new plant is being built in Fayetteville, NC that will take these recycled bottles and turn them too useful materials.  These bottles are a resource for lots of things.
Please share this with your club presidents and also you can help if people bring this up at your district meetings.
Open the news link below and read this article.  Just copy and paste in your internet search file.

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