Georgia Recycling Coalition Launches PET Beverage Container Recycling Initiative

Atlanta, GA - The Georgia Recycling Coalition (GRC) announced a strategic initiative to increase the amount of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) beverage containers recycled in Georgia.

The initiative will focus on increasing PET recycling through education and grant programs. Applicants must prove they have increased the amount of PET they recycle, or must develop an innovative educational program to help increase PET recycling in their community. Cities, counties and Keep Georgia Beautiful affiliates are eligible to apply for a total of $10,000, and approved applicants are eligible for up to $1,000 each from GRC.

The key to any successful recycling program is education. GRC is uniquely qualified to educate Georgians about the ease and benefits of recycling PET," said Gloria Hardegree, GRC Association Manager. "GRC's network of recycling coordinators, businesses and Keep Georgia Beautiful affiliates will help us further promote and enhance PET recycling efforts and ultimately increase recovery rates."

PET is a plastic resin and a form of polyester, which is labeled with the #1 code on or near the bottom of containers. The Georgia Soft Drink Association, Mohawk Industries, Coca-Cola North America, and the National Association for PET Container Recycling (NAPCOR) all support the initiative.

"Along with providing refreshing soft drinks to thousands of Georgians each day, our industry delivers something else -- our commitment to the environment," said Kevin Perry, executive director of the Georgia Soft Drink Association. "Recycling works in Georgia. In fact, soft drink containers are the most recycled packaging in Georgia and in the United States. In 1999, over 53 billion -- almost 56% of all soft drink containers produced - were recycled."

For more information or to request a grant application, please call the Georgia Recycling Coalition (404) 634-3095.


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