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ARRIVAL OF BIG FOOT (BOTTLE) IN NOVI BOOSTS COMPANY'S RECYCLING EFFORTS

 MANCHESTER, Mich., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The arrival of BIG FOOT(R) in Michigan is good news for the recycling industry. Johnson Controls, Inc., the world's largest producer of polyethylene terephthalate (P.E.T.) plastic bottles for soft drinks and other beverages, has shifted production of all 2-liter containers at its Novi, Mich., plant from two-piece bottles to one-piece bottles that are easier to recycle. The new containers are based on the company's patented and registered BIG FOOT design.
 "Changing to a one-piece, one-material container streamlines recycling," said Jim King, vice president and general manager of the Johnson Controls Plastic Container Division. "The vast majority of everything we produce at Novi is recycled at our Plastic Container Recovery Center right next door. This change is a major improvement for us -- and has environmental benefits as well."
 Prior to the shift, 2-liter bottles produced at the Novi location were constructed of two separate pieces -- a "base cup" made from high- density polyethylene (H.D.P.E.) -- and a blow-molded bottle made from P.E.T. All the containers now made at the plant -- including 20-ounce and 2-liter bottles -- have a one-piece, one-material (P.E.T.) design.
 "When you're dealing with fewer pieces and fewer different materials, the recycling process becomes easier and more efficient," said King. "We're very satisfied with the increasing popularity of our one-piece bottles," he said.
 The increased popularity of P.E.T. recycling in the United States is another source of satisfaction for Johnson Controls, according to Floyd Flexon, the company's director of recycling.
 "Throughout the United States, 27 percent of all P.E.T. containers are recycled, which makes P.E.T. the most recycled plastic in the nation," said Flexon. H.D.P.E. currently is recycled at a 10-percent rate nationally and is the second most recycled plastic, according to Flexon. "These percentages grow year-to-year, as more and more communities adopt recycling efforts."
 The Novi plant manufactures 2-liter and 20-ounce P.E.T. containers for soft drink bottlers in Michigan, including Coke, Pepsi, 7-Up and Faygo.
 The Johnson Controls Plastic Container Recovery Center in Novi, opened in 1990, is the nation's first plastics recycling plant operated by a plastic soft drink bottle maker. It is expected to recycle 26 million pounds of P.E.T. during 1993. Recycled P.E.T. is used in the production of carpeting, fiberfill, containers, automobile parts, and has other industrial applications.
 Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) is the world's largest producer of P.E.T. containers for food and beverages, with 20 plants in the United States and six in Europe.
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 /CONTACT: Doug Svik, manager, marketing services, Johnson Controls, Inc., 313-428-9741; or Ken Stockton of Stockton Communications, 313-662-5034, for Johnson Controls, Inc./
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