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Possession of Dairy IMiilt Crates
To Become illegal In 1990
possession of the colorful, plastic
milk crates, used by dairies to trans
port milk, will be against the law in
North Carolina, effective Jan. 1,
1990. The versatile cases often are
used by college students for book
cases and other pieces of furniture,
CarolinaA^irginia Dairy Products
Association, representing processors
in the two states, today announced a
public awareness campaign designed
to inform North Carolina college
students of the new, tougher law.
Posters encouraging students to
return cases to local dairies or gro
cery stores will be distributed soon
to college and university residence
halls across the state.
Effective Jan. 1, 1990, North
Carolina statute (GS 14-72.4) makes
the unauthorized possession of milk
cases a misdemeanor punishable by
a $300 fine and/or imprisonment.
Nearly a million milk cases were
borrowed, stolen or misappropriated
in North Carolina and Virginia dair
ies during the past year at a cost of
$2 million to the industry, and even
tually the consumer.
Often used as furniture, file boxes
or storage bins, the crates are lost to
a public attitude that they are free for
“Nothing could be further from
the truth,” according to Carolina/
Virginia Dairy Products Assn. Presi
dent Phillip Holder of Pet Inc. in
Charlotte. “These cases are a major
expense to dairies, and the magni
tude of the loss is hurting every
dairy in the country.”
According to a national survey,
there are $250 million worth of crates
missing across the country. There
have been no national, uniform so
lutions to the problem.
Prior to this new legislation, milk
case theft in the state was a misde
meanor under general theft statutes.
With passage of the tougher legisla
tion, North Carolina joins the ranks
of a number of other states, combin
ing concentrated enforcement efforts
and publicity campaigns to try to
recover crates and control losses.
The law applies only to milk crates
bearing the name of the owner, not
plastic crates purchased in depart
ment stores or elsewhere; however,
defacing or removing the identifica
tion mark is also illegal.
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Cases should be returned to a local
dairy or neighborhood grocery store,
said Holder. No questions will be
asked through Dec. 31,1989.
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