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Du Pont, American National Can Sign Recycling Agreement

September 25, 1990

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) _ The Du Pont Co. and American National Can have agreed to cooperate in a recycling program for certain types of plastic.

The two companies announced Tuesday they will work to develop a market for recycled syrup and ketchup bottles and other types of rigid plastic materials not now being widely recycled.

American National Can will also work with the Plastic Recycling Alliance, a joint venture between Du Pont and Waste Management, Inc., to develop technology to sort various types of plastic for recycling.

The efforts are expected to begin next year in Chicago, company officials said.

American National Can, based in Chicago, manufactures and markets metal, glass and plastic packaging products.

″Both companies have demonstrated that plastic containers can be recycled and manufactured into new bottles and many other useful products. This alliance between the leading packaging manufacturer and one of the leading plastics producers allows us to work together to accelerate the development of economical and useful end-markets,″ said Jean-Pierre Ergas, chief executive officer of American National Can.

″This partnering effort benefits everyone, including consumers. It adds other types of post-consumer plastic to the mix of those that can be recycled,″ said Archie Dunham, Du Pont vice president for polymer products.

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