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%.


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

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