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February 21, 1990
Mr. Phil Laughlin
DOLCO Packaging Corp.
2110 Patterson Street
P.O. Box 469
Decatur, Indiana 46733
Dear Mr. Laughlin:
This is in response to your letters of September 26, 1989 and October 24, regarding the use of post-consumer packaging for further use in the manufacture of egg-cartons.
In our October 16, 1989, letter to you we requested details about your recycling operation. We found your October 24, response and subsequent conversations very helpful and informative.
In summary, the statements and information upon which we are basing our decision and which you provided includes the following pertinent facts:
- You intend to manufacture only polystyrene egg cartons and they contain XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX post-consumer polystyrene.
- Your recycling operation includes area household presorting of garbage to separate recyclable items from non-recyclable household trash, and requesting households to rinse and dry their non-paper recyclables before their separate bagging. You intend them to separate out the post-consumer polystyrene items from the bagged recyclables and use this as source material for polystyrene egg cartons. Previously used polystyrene items include egg cartons, coffee cups, meat trays, burger boxes, food service shells, and plates.
- You have stated that consumer education through community notices, newspapers, radio, and other means has been effective and allowed you to attain a very clean post-consumer polystyrene recyclable item. Additionally, your recycling staff at your recycling facility will be informed that if a post-consumer recyclable item appears visible contaminated it must be removed from the recycling process.
- You have stated in clarifying remarks that the recycled material will be formulated from XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXX and post-consumer polystyrene. We understand that no additional additives are used. Additionally, we believe that all the ink you use on eggs cartons and recycled egg cartons should be approved for food-contact.
- The temperature and dwell times which you describe in your letter of October 24, 1989, for the post-consumer polystyrene is of sufficient intensity and duration to produce egg cartons, of acceptable sanitary quality for inshell raw whole eggs.
We find, therefore, that if the above conditions are met, we would offer no objection to your use of post-consumer polystyrene in your egg carton manufacturing process.
Gerad L. McCowin
Division of Food and Color Additives
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition