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GE PLASTICS, ROSENBERGER'S DAIRIES INTRODUCE REFILLABLE BOTTLE IN SCHOOLS

 GE PLASTICS, ROSENBERGER'S DAIRIES INTRODUCE
 REFILLABLE BOTTLE IN SCHOOLS
 HATFIELD, Penn., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier this month Rosenberger's Dairies, based here, began distributing eight-ounce returnable, refillable school milk bottles in more than 150 southeastern Pennsylvania schools. The bottles replace plastic-coated paper milk cartons.
 Rosenberger's Dairies and another dairy in Danbury, Conn., join Saratoga Dairy in upstate New York in offering the bottles, made of LEXAN(R) polycarbonate resin from GE Plastics. In June 1991, Saratoga Dairy replaced paperboard cartons in 14 school districts with plastic bottles and kept over 3 million paperboard cartons out of Saratoga County's three landfills during the school year. Rosenberger's has a larger distribution area, and has the potential to keep more than 30 million cartons out of the solid waste system this school year.
 "We wanted to get behind a program that helps the environment," says Marc Rosenberger, secretary and treasurer of the company. He adds that the milk bottle is one way for students to learn about ecology, and teaches them about reuse and recycling.
 After use, the bottles are returned to the dairies' main plant in Hatfield, where they are washed, sterilized, and refilled. They can be reused about 100 times before being ground up and recycled for use in non-food products.
 According to Jane Natali, food service director in the Pennridge (Pa.) School District, students have had a positive response to the bottle. "we're selling more milk than usual," she says. "The students say that the milk is colder and tastes better in the bottles. The students are drinking more of the milk because they can see what they have left in the clear bottles."
 These early comments echo what elementary school students in Saratoga said last year. Doug Soucy, then a 9-year-old Wood Road elementary student, said that by using the bottles, "we're helping the environment and not destroying our planet." While Soucy and his classmates agreed that paperboard cartons might someday be recyclable, they still thought the plastic bottles were better because they can be used so many times before recycling.
 For more information on the bottles, contact Rosenberger's Dairies, 847 Forty Foot Road, Hatfield, PA 19440-2898, Telephone: 215-855-9074.
 For more information on LEXAN resin, contact GE Plastics, Inquiry Handling Services -- PR #77-92, One Plastics Ave., Pittsfield, MA. 01201, 800-845-0600.
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 /CONTACT: Dan Adamus of GE Plastics, 413-448-7487 CO: GE Plastics; Rosenberger's Dairies; Saratoga Dairy ST: Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York IN: SU: PDT


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