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UNION CARBIDE CHAIRMAN, NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR, OPEN NATION'S FIRST FULL-SCALE MULTI-PLASTICS RECYCLING PLANT

 UNION CARBIDE CHAIRMAN, NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR, OPEN NATION'S
 FIRST FULL-SCALE MULTI-PLASTICS RECYCLING PLANT
 PISCATAWAY, N.J., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Carbide Corporation (NYSE: UK) Chairman Robert D. Kennedy, joined by New Jersey Gov. James Florio, officially opened the nation's first full-scale, multi-plastics recycling facility here, saying recycling makes good sense for the environment -- and the plastics industry.
 "We think there are lots of good reasons to push recycling, and that's why we've built this facility -- for what it can do for New Jersey, for all the good it can do the environment, and for the plastics business itself, which like all businesses, must respond to customer needs and concerns in order to grow and prosper," said Kennedy.
 Kennedy added that Union Carbide's plastics recycling plant is capable of recycling 84 percent of the plastics found in the average household.
 The plant's "raw materials" come from recycling programs in communities within a 250-mile radius of the plant in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
 Gov. Florio, who has committed New Jersey to a statewide recycling goal of 60 percent of all solid waste by 1995, said, "Recycling and environmental engineering are emerging industries that are creating good jobs for people. This plastics recycling plant is about solving problems, creating solutions and using our resources the smart way. It's also about business and government working side by side to solve societal problems."
 Kennedy said that plastics recycling capacity in the U.S. is 925 million pounds per year. He added that if we are to meet national targets of recycling 25 percent of the country's plastic waste by 1995, we need to increase our recycling capacity by 575 million pounds. "That's the equivalent of 19 recycling centers, averaging 30 million pounds each per year. So, we need 1.5 billion pounds by 1995, or almost double today's capacity, to meet our national goal," he added.
 "While plastic represents only a small portion of what we throw away, a lot of space is taken up in our overloaded landfills by beverage bottles, soap detergent and cleaning agent containers, and other packaging," said Kennedy.
 Using state-of-the-art technology, the plant reformulates used materials into pellets and flakes used to make new plastic products.
 "We're also backing up our recycling technology with a major research and development effort designed to make recycled plastics more suitable for a wider variety of uses and we're developing new plastic products that can be more easily recycled, and seeking to do the same with our established line of plastics," said Kennedy.
 The plastics recycling plant is the latest in a long line of key developments in plastics production at the Piscataway site. Over the past half century, many of the key developments in polyolefins-based plastics production, compounding and fabrication emanated from Union Carbide scientists and engineers at the site. Among them, the UNIPOL Polyolefins Process for polyethylene and polypropylene, which has been recognized as the most waste-free, environmentally protective polyethylene manufacturing process in the world.
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