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Petoskey Plastics Helps With Flint Water-Bottle Recycling

Petoskey has donated recycling bags to help recover used water bottles.


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Petoskey has donated recycling bags to help recover used water bottles. 


The water crisis in Flint, Mich., forced many residents to avoid drinking tap water and millions of bottles of donated water were flown in. Petoskey Plastics, Petoskey, Mich., wanted to also offer its assistance to the people of Flint, but, its efforts focused more on the environmentally-friendly disposal of the bottles once they’re empty. Petoskey has donated recycling bags to help some of Flint’s bottled water users store empty bottles and move them to recycling collection points.


Jason Keiswetter, Petoskey Plastics executive director of marketing, research & development, said Schupan Recycling—one of several companies involved in water bottle recycling efforts around Flint—had an existing business relationship with his company and asked it to get involved in supplying recycling bags when bottled water usage soared. Keiswetter said Petoskey Plastics had furnished about 13 pallets filled with the bags—about 70,000 bags in all—for the Flint users.


Keiswetter said the bags are distributed to bottled water users through recycling stations. Once bags are returned with empty bottles, Schupan gathers and bales the bags, with Keiswetter noting that Petoskey Plastics then purchases them back to be re-purposed into new plastic products.