Please join the

Container Recycling Institute, Eco-Cycle, Ecology Center, Eureka Recycling, GrassRoots Recycling Network, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Plastic Redesign Project

in this

Petition to NatureWorks

Calling for a moratorium on PLA bottles
until recycling issues have been resolved

TO: Dennis McGrew
       President and Chief Executive Officer
       NatureWorks LLC
      15305 Minnetonka Blvd.
       Minnetonka, MN 55345

Unlike food service ware, for which there is no existing recovery program that would be threatened by bio-plastic utensils and food packaging, there is a recovery infrastructure and a thriving recycling market for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Polylactic acid (PLA) bottles could undermine the economics of PET recycling by contaminating PET bales, by increasing sorting and handling costs, by losing high PET revenues displaced by PLA and by fractionalizing the PET market until one or more segments are too small to sustain a recycling infrastructure.

The existing PET infrastructure generates upwards of $120 million a year for the approximately 9,000 recycling programs a year. Recycling businesses and curbside recycling programs could be jeopardized by a new resin if it could not be recycled as economically as PET. If those recycling programs and the PET reclaimers and end-users are not to be compromised we feel that PLA’s economic recyclability must be demonstrated before, and not after, PLA is introduced into bottle applications on a wide scale.

We the undersigned call on NatureWorks to agree to a moratorium on any further expansion of PLA into bottles until these issues are resolved

Click here to sign this Petition on-line

Any questions, please call (608)231-1100



Pat Franklin, Executive Director
The Container Recycling Institute

Eric Lombardi, President

Martin Bourque, Executive Director
The Ecology Center
Susan Hubbard, CEO
Eureka Recycling
Linda Christopher
GrassRoots Recycling Network

Brenda Platt
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Peter Spendelow, PLA Workgroup
The Plastic Redesign Project
Debbie Mytels
Action for a Sustainable Earth
Jennifer Sequin
San Jose, CA
Peter Pasterz
Charlotte, NC
Mary Wolf
Boulder, CO
William Tyson
San Diego, CA
Mark Bir
Berkeley, CA
Stephen Grealy
Encinitis, CA
Margarete Malarcher
Minneapolis, MN
Victor Aguiar
Santa Cruz, CA
Annette Poliwaka
San Francisco, CA
Nancy Macy
Valley Women's Club of the San Lorenzo Valley
Judith Chock
San Diego, CA
Patricia Bongiovanni
Sonoma, CA
Jeffrey Smedberg
Santa Cruz , CA
Lisa Loebig
Colorado Springs , CO
Bob Nelson
City of Santa Cruz
Christine M. Domingo
San Francisco, CA
Renee Robertson
San Diego, CA

Dan de Grassi
Santa Cruz Department of Public Works

John Papandrea
New York, NY

Melissa Beck
San Diego, CA

Gretchen Brewer
Earth Circle
Portia Sinnot
Sebastopol, CA
Angie Wood
Fortuna, CA
Thomas Tomaszek
Blackstone, MA


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