Green push may hurt Latam plastics - consultant

10 September 2008 21:05  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Environmental issues surfacing in Latin America could hamper growth of plastics manufacturing plants in the region, Jorge Buhler-Vidal of Polyolefins Consulting said on Wednesday.

Local political and community pressure across Latin America to ban, or limit, the use of plastic bags could put pressure on new plastics projects, limiting growth and increase prevalence of local recycling programs, Buhler-Vidal said.

The trend to ban or limit plastic bags was on the rise all over the world, Buhler-Vidal told the Latin American and Caribbean Petrochemicals conference.

"In major cities, where sewage and trash are a problem, there will be a move towards recycling, but it will take time for society to change and embrace recycling as a way of life," Buhler-Vidal said.

An official at Brazilian producer Braskem official acknowledged the inevitability of the movement, but said it would not be sudden.

"There will be local political pressure to limit plastic bags," de said Cleanthro de Paiva Leite Filho.

"At the end of the day, we will move towards recycling and segregated collection, but this worldwide trend will take a while."

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