3 Reasons Why NC’s 2009 Ban on Plastic Bottles to the Landfill is Crucial for Business Success

We begin a series of blog posts to provide information on the positive impact of green legislation to both help business and improve the environment. Per Scott Mouw, Environmental Supervisor NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance

“In simple terms, the disposal bans are precisely and primarily intended to divert highly marketable recyclable materials away from the waste stream and into the stream of commerce.  We have some early indications that the legislation is having that effect and will have extensive data from local governments by late fall that indicate the actual situation.”

Let’s look at 3 critical areas this ban has helped business in NC:

  1. Creates jobs in NC by creating more supply for one of NC’s strongest new industries, plastics recycling – NC is home to several of the largest recyclers of post consumer materials in the country. Currently, these recyclers compete with foreign producers of recycled products for the waste stream recovery materials. By increasing the supply of materials available from recycling, the costs go down for US companies to use a higher percentage of recycled materials in their production process, thereby keeping more manufacturing jobs here in the US.
  2. Takes a third less energy to make product with Post Consumer Resins (PCR) – with the energy needed to create the original HDPE (High Density PolyEthylene) already expended, production energy is focused on making end product, instead of first processing raw materials. Manufacturing facilities reduce their energy and operational costs.
  3. Attracts more Green Businesses to NC – with a climate of legislative support for green initiatives, companies from other states and countries are attracted to use NC as their base for production and innovation. As other legislative actions occur to push residents and businesses to be greener in operation and attitude, innovation will become a necessity.

Our next blog post topic will be on California’s Plastic Bag Ban Legislation – What are the impacts so far?

We welcome any other topics you wish to see or your comment on our posts.

Need more information? Envision Plastics Vice President of Sales, Tamsin Ettefagh will be happy to discuss your comments or concerns in greater depth. Contact her at 336/342-4749 Ext 225.

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3 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why NC’s 2009 Ban on Plastic Bottles to the Landfill is Crucial for Business Success

  1. You forgot reason #4:

    “There is such a thing as a free lunch.”

    This is nothing but a subsidy. There is a net cost to these programs, and the net cost is better spent elsewhere, and not taken from state tax payers.

  2. Hi Matt,

    I’m not sure what you have heard, but the state of North Carolina is not funding anything here. They are simply passing a law that requires plastic bottles to be recycled. They are already being collected and there are ample markets for them that cover the cost of collection and separation from the waste stream. This makes good sense environmentally and economically.

  3. Envision,
    When a state government mandates an action like recycling, it is a subsidy in the following way:

    1. recycling is done on a city/county level
    2. many city recycling programs are subsidized, especially during times when recycling markets are bad
    3. mandating that cities have recycling programs is forcing them to subside the programs.

    If all city programs did make a normal rate of return on their recycling programs, then there would be no need for a mandate. Recycling would finance their social programs and add to the tax revenue (if increasings jobs is true). There would be an appropriate incentive for cities to get their hands on every last valuable plastic bottle.

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