ACC to clear misconceptions about plastics

25 September 2007 02:44  [Source: ICIS news]

Orlando, FLORIDA (ICIS news)--The American Chemistry Council (ACC) will be focused for the next several years on responding to the drive to ban plastics that has arisen from misconceptions about the use and final destination of plastic products, senior officials said on Monday.

The ACC will first address the concerns of municipalities in California through communications and advocacy, and later expand the initiative to other states in the US, said the ACC’s plastics division managing director Steven Russell during the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) Polyurethanes 2007 Technical Conference in conjunction with the UTECH North America Exhibition in Orlando.

The ACC’s analysis in favour of the use of plastics would point out that plastics were recyclable and should not go into landfills because the products had value in use, re-use, and later in recycling, ACC vice president products division Sharon Kneiss said.

She added that plastic containers provided safety in food and medical applications and they were shatter-proof and light weight.

Plastics were also energy efficient and provided substantial energy savings when used as insulation and plastic bags in the US were produced from natural gas and not from crude oil, Kneiss said.

The ACC needed to respond to the challenges posed to the plastics industry by improving litter abatement and recycling, and looking for solutions to minimise marine debris, she added.

The ACC would be focusing on communicating to the public the benefits of plastics and the concept that the plastics industry was a good steward of the environment, said Russell.

It should be emphasized that the plastics industry is centred on preserving the environment for future generations, Russell added.

By: Ron Coifman
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