The Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC) has published an eight-page special report that analyzes the advantages of an all plastic bottle collection program for Canadian municipalities. The report reviews some of the research borne out by the United States, as well as the experience provided by a few forward-thinking Canadian municipalities that have recently switched to the “all plastic bottle” collection method.
“Bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate and high-density polyethylene are the most recycled plastics in all of Canada,” says Karen Wolfe, Director of Communications for EPIC. “And, research has shown that these two plastics — PET and HDPE — represent over 90 per cent of all plastic bottles produced in this country.”
According to the report, municipalities that switch to an all plastic bottle collection program actually experience an increase in their bottle collection and, because the majority of bottles are PET and HDPE, municipalities end up with more valuable material that is easier to sell. Additionally, research shows that householders are more apt to recycle when they don’t have to check the identification code on each and every package. Asking consumers to recycle all plastic bottles — everything with a neck narrower than its body and a twist-off cap — also increases the chances of collection from rooms outside the kitchen where often bottles are used for vitamins, shampoos and bath products.
The special report, entitled “All Plastic Bottle Collection,” is available free of charge and may be downloaded directly from the “Publications” section of the EPIC web site at: www.plastics.ca/epic
Additionally, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the All Plastic Bottles web site (designed for Canadian municipalities) at www.plastics.ca/allplasticbottles