29 September 2008 22:51 [Source: ICIS news]
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS news)--The American Chemistry Council (ACC) plans to expand US plastic-recycling programmes by establishing partnerships with state and local agencies in the US, an officer with the trade group said on Monday.
The council could announce the plans by early 2009, said Steve Russell, managing director of the ACC's plastic division. Russell was speaking from the sidelines of the Polyurethanes 2008 Technical Conference.
The ACC had established similar programmes in California while working with the state's Department of State Parks and Recreation and the non-profit organisation Keep California Beautiful, Russell said. The ACC learned that local partnerships were vital to the success of industry-led conservation and reclamation efforts.
With a focus on addressing the problem of marine debris, partnerships will be sought in those states with a direct impact on the nation's waterways, Russell said.
The California initiative began in 2007 by placing recycling bins on beaches in addition to trash cans to reduce the amount of plastic refuse thrown away.
The initiative is part of the ACC's broader efforts to address recycling, energy efficiency and marine debris.
The Polyurethanes 2008 Technical Conference is sponsored by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) and runs through Wednesday.
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