Mexico Kicks Off Major Pet Recycling Effort

Date: May 15, 2003

Source: News Room

Mexico's Environment Ministry is seeking to recycle at least 35% of the country's PET plastic bottles, reducing by a significant the volume of trash in the country. Mexico's soft drink industry has offered an initial investment of 50 million pesos ($1=MXN10.43) in the program. Around 9 billion PET bottles are distributed in Mexico each year. The Environment Ministry estimates that 90 million of those bottles end up as litter. The PET program will start this year in the country's main metropolitan areas, as well as in some beach towns, such as Cancun. The ministry has set a goal to recycle 2.6 billion PET bottles each year by 2006. To do so, the recycling project will require an estimated $87 million in funding.
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