Remarks by Ron Yocum, President & CEO, American Plastics Council
. Presented at ANTEC '98 Conf.
Firms can effectively protect themselves and their products from such attacks through strong industry associations, advises Yocum, who points to a recent preemptive strike that the American Plastics Council
Hentges, executive director of the Polycarbonate Business Unit at the American Plastics Council
. "The polycarbonate industry is committed to safety, and we are continuing to test our products under the highest scientific standards and share that data with regulatory agencies so they have the latest and most up-to-date information available.
According to the American Plastics Council
, a trade group for the plastic in- dustry, about 1.4 billion pounds of plas- tic bottles are recycled each year in the U.S.
"If it never contained anything but soda and you wanted to recycle it, a simple wash would probably be OK," says Pete Dinger, director of technology for the American Plastics Council
. But when bottles are collected directly from consumers, PCR plastic treatment must account for worst-case scenarios - exposure to gasoline, pesticides and other harmful substances.
The American Plastics Council
(APC)--which represents "virgin" plastic producers--spends close to $20 million per year on advertising campaigns exalting plastic's benefits (such as the recent "Plastics Make It Possible" TV ad, in which a little girl floats heavenward on the handles of a plastic bag).
The independent study was conducted by Drexel University's Geosynthetic Research Institute with funding from the PPI and the American Plastics Council
The Advanced Recycling Committee of the American Plastics Council
(APC) is investigating and developing technologies to provide the industry with expanded options for commercializing new recycling methods.
The American Plastics Council
(APC), an organization of polymer manufacturers located in Washington, D.C., has initiated a major research and development program designed to develop processes for the recycling of plastics culled from discarded durable products, such as used cars and worn-out appliances.
"We're also working with the American Plastics Council
, GM, Ford, Chrysler, and the Institute of Scrap Materials Recovery to sponsor 10 automotive recycling projects in 1993," he says.
Rappaport has been an active member in the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) since 1980, the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), the American Plastics Council
(APC), and the Film and Bag Federation (FBF).
A decade or so ago, when anti-plastics sentiment was perhaps at its apex, the American Plastics Council
, now part of the American Chemistry Council, spent millions on a series of television and print campaigns ("Plastics Make it Happen") aimed at convincing a skeptical and ill-informed public that the benefits of plastics far outweigh any risks proclaimed by voodoo science.