CITY OF GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
RESOLUTION NO. 981260
PASSED March 22, 1999
WHEREAS, the commitment of the City of Gainesville to the recovery of plastics through its recycling program has extended over ten years; and
WHEREAS, over the course of those ten years the City of Gainesville has recovered substantial tonnage of plastics through its recycling program; and
WHEREAS, the City of Gainesville has long promoted the use of recycled products through its purchasing practices, educational efforts and extensive support of market development initiatives; and
WHEREAS, U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved technology exists to incorporate recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) into new beverage containers; and
WHEREAS, the use of recycled PET in the production of beverage containers would have an enormous positive impact on the value of recovered PET; and
WHEREAS, the Coca-Cola Company has made the marketing decision to increase its use of PET, and move away from the use of easily recyclable glass and aluminum; and
WHEREAS, Coca-Cola Company voluntarily committed to using recycled PET in their containers in 1990; and
WHEREAS, a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal reported that Coca-Cola has 44.5% of the soft drink market and that Pepsi Cola has 31.4% and Cadbury Schweppes has 14.5%.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
Section 1. The City of Gainesville encourages Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola, Cadbury Schweppes and other soft drink manufacturers to use recycled PET in their bottles, and return a measure of stability to the operation of our nationís public and private recycling programs.
Section 2. The City of Gainesville encourages all consumers to recycle PET bottles and to purchase products made from recycled PET.
Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon adoption.
Mayor Paula Delaney
Clerk of the Commission
Approved as to Form and Legality:
Marion J. Radson, City Attorney