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RECYCLABLE, REUSABLE POLYCARBONATE MILK BOTTLES KEEP 4 MILLION CARTONS OUT OF SARATOGA LANDFILLS

 RECYCLABLE, REUSABLE POLYCARBONATE MILK BOTTLES
 KEEP 4 MILLION CARTONS OUT OF SARATOGA LANDFILLS
 SARATOGA, N.Y., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency projected that by the year 2000, 190 million tons of solid waste would be generated yearly in the United States. In its report, the agency identified source reduction and recycling as major factors in reducing solid waste volume. Source reduction and recycling are key features of the eight-ounce milk bottles made of recyclable plastic from GE Plastics. These refillable bottles have been used by 14 Saratoga-area public school districts since June 1991.
 The districts switched from throwaway, high-density polyethylene- coated paper cartons to reusable polycarbonate bottles molded of LEXAN(R) resin. While the initial cost of polycarbonate bottles is higher than paper containers, after 100 uses they cost less than half a cent each. Because the bottles are reusable, they offset trash disposal costs. Additionally, the districts are keeping more than 4 million paper cartons per year out of local landfills.
 Children at Wood Road Elementary School in Ballston Spa say they favor bottles over cartons because they believe the milk tastes better. They also say it stays colder longer, and the bottles are better for the environment. By using the bottles, "We're helping the environment and not destroying our planet," says Doug Soucy, age 9. "The environment is what we live in, and on, and how we live, and the things we do. I think we can make a difference," Soucy said. Alluding to society's throwaway attitude, he continued, "When you do something wrong, it doesn't mean you can't fix it. You can always try to fix it."
 According to Gary Dake of Stewart's dairy and convenience store chain, distributor of the bottles, the program is "a great idea. Children who have been using the bottles are also convincing their parents to buy refillables for home." Stewart's distributes 100,000 half-pint bottles each week.
 Recyclable LEXAN resin combines the aesthetics and purity of glass returnables with the light weight and shatter resistance of plastic. After approximately 100 trips the bottles can be reground for use in non-food products such as bottle-carrying crates and building products.
 For more information, contact Dan Adamus, press relations manager, GE Plastics, One Plastics Ave., Pittsfield, Mass., 01201.
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 /CONTACT: Dan Adamus of GE Plastics, 413-448-7487/ CO: GE Plastics ST: New York, Massachusetts IN: CHM SU:


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