Three New Funders Join NAPCOR's Bottle Project

Charlotte, NC - The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) announced that Ball Corporation, Pepsi-Cola Company and The Coca-Cola Company have joined the TOP Bottle Project, which seeks to identify and address barriers that prohibit all PET bottles from being recycled irrespective of color, content or construction.

The three companies join Miller Brewing Company, Constar, Inc., Voridian Company (Division of Eastman Chemical Company), Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Coors Brewing Company and Owens-Illinois Plastics as stakeholder funders of the project, which was initiated, primarily funded and staffed by NAPCOR. The American Plastics Council is also a primary funder of the project.

Michael Schedler, NAPCOR's Vice President of Technology, presented a comprehensive report on the project to the membership of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers at its February technology forum. Schedler detailed the work completed in the areas of collection, intermediate processing, reclamation and end use for PET bottles other than monolayer clear and transparent green.

"This two year-old project is entering its most critical phase of market development and integration with existing PET reclaimers," explained Mr. Schedler. "While the project is not yet fully funded, this new financial support provides the ability to continue this important work uninterrupted. We applaud the companies that are committed to ensuring the recyclability of their containers."