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LOPAC containers, developed by Monsanto Company using high nitrile barrier polymers, are now being evaluated for the packaging of carbonated beverages: soft drinks and beer. Incineration tests were conducted as part of comprehensive public health and environmental protocol to determine the potential effects, short term and long term, of this packaging system.
The burning trials were carried out first in a large municipal incinerator, where efficient combustion conditions can be expected, and then in smaller units of the industrial and residential type, where combustion conditions may be less favorable and the percentage of beverage containers in a furnace loading may be significantly higher. Data are reported on operating conditions, smoke, odor, analysis of stack gases, effects on furnace grates, and heating values.
The results of these trials demonstrate that the portion of LOPAC containers which is not recycled may be disposed of safely in typical incinerator installations without adding to our air or soil pollution problems and without corrosive effects on the equipment used.
environments, wastes, incinerators, containers, earth fills, recycle, polymers
Testing supervisor, Monsanto Commercial Products, Co., Bloomfield, Conn.