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Title:COLOR SORTING SYSTEM FOR PLASTIC CONTAINERS
RCRA Online Number:14559
Date:08/09/2001
To:Citizen
From:Cotsworth
Organization of Recipient:NA
Description: Due to a voluntary effort by the Society of Plastics Industry (SPI) in 1988, the existing plastic sorting system in the U.S. relies on recycling symbols that have been placed on the bottom of plastic containers. Referred to as SPI codes, the numbers within the recycling “chasing arrows” symbol refer to seven different plastic resin categories, including High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Poly-Ethylene Terephthalate (PET). The most valuable recyclable plastic resins coming out of municipal collection and sortation systems are clear PET and HDPE because they have a broader suit of applications. If EPA were to mandate color coding, it would be less profitable for municipal recycling programs because colored plastics have a lower value. Plastics are one of the most difficult commodity types to recycle, though some states have utilized legislation in an attempt to improve the plastics recycling rate.
Regulatory Citation(s) : NA EXIT disclaimer
Statutory Citation(s):NA Read US Code 42, Chapter 82 EXIT disclaimer
Topic(s):Recycling
Approximate Number of Hardcopy Pages:2
EPA Publication Number:NA
RPPC Number (if applicable): NA
Official OSW Policy:No

 

 
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