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City puts plastic recycling on hold
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Recycling in the city of McMinnville has been put on hold. VIAM/ Vicam does not want the city’s plastic bottles at this time.Alderman Rick Barnes says he works for VIAM and the business entering into an agreement with the city is not doable at this time.“I work for VIAM and I would love to see a recycling program, but they have to go through a process to get this plant up and running and right now, they are trying to do it with virgin material and they can’t do what they need to do with it so we have plenty of time,” said Barnes, who chairman of the city’s Streets and Sanitation Committee.VIAM Manufacturing, a Japanese company, operates a plant in Manchester that produces PET-stable carpet fiber from clear recycling PET bottles. A new facility is operated by Vicam, a newly formed subsidiary.McMinnville Public Works director Bill Brock says he heard a similar story.“I spoke with them and they are having to use a different type of product and they don’t want our bottles right now,” Brock said.