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University to host conference on plastics waste management (Released: 11/2/95)

by Renu Sehgal, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- How can cities, towns and hospitals recycle plastic waste and save money at the same time? The question is central to the debate of plastics disposal.

The Institute of Materials Science at the University of Connecticut is holding a plastics waste management exhibition and symposium Nov. 8 with speakers, panelists and exhibitors from the University, industry, hospitals and government.

''The plastics industry was defensive when the first conference was held in 1990, but now the industry is proactive and innovative,'' said Myer Ezrin, director of the IMS Associates Program and one of the conference's organizers.

Plastics disposal options now include biodegration, composting, incineration and mechanical, thermal and chemical recycling.

The conference, from 9 a.m .- 6 p.m., provides plastics engineers, environmental groups, municipal and hospital waste managers and the public with a chance to learn about every aspect of the issue. Exhibits will be open all day, while technical papers will be presented from 10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. The panel discussion will be held from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

IMS is located at the intersection of North Eagleville and Hillside roads. Admission is free to the conference, which was co-sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers and partially funded by the state's Critical Technologies Grant Program.

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