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Coca-Cola To Test Plastic Can in Columbus, Ga.

October 14, 1985

ATLANTA (AP) _ Coca-Cola USA said today it will begin testing a plastic soft-drink can this week.

The announcement said plastic cans of Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke and Sprite will be delivered to selected food stores in Columbus, Ga. It said no other soft drinks in the United States are sold in a plastic can.

In remarks prepared for a news conference in Columbus, Dan Haas, manager of packaging for Coca-Cola USA, said use of the plastic can ″is a market test, and we have made no firm decision on the long-term commercial application of the can in the soft drink market.″

Testing of the container in other markets may be considered in the future, the announcement said.

An important aspect of the test will be to study collection methods for recycling the plastic cans, the company said. Vending machines that collect and crush returned cans and pay consumers will be at various Columbus locations during the test period.

The plastic used to make the can is the same used in production of plastic soft drink bottles.

The 12-ounce cans, which are clear with an aluminum top, are currently being made in Europe. Petainer Development Co., in a joint venture with Coke, is building a factory in Atlanta in which machinery for possible production of plastic cans is being installed, the announcement said. It said the plant is scheduled to be completed in December.

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