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Re: [GreenYes] Re: [Greenyes Digest] V2 #191
They're a large #7 symbol with a small box with a #2
compatible HDPE and nylon.
--- Peter Anderson <anderson@recycleworlds.org> wrote:
> Stephan Pollard asks:
> 
> "I believe it is those Tropicana 1 gallon juice
> containers that have both
> #7 Other and the #2 Compatible stamps on the bottom
> of them.  Could
> anyone shed some light on what this "#2 Compatible"
> means?  Is the jug
> recyclable as a #2 plastic or should it be treated
> only as a #7?"
> 
> If memory serves, Tropicana's #2 bottle has had its
> barrier properties
> enhanced by layering another resin that is not HDPE.
>  I don't recall off
> hand what it is, however.
> 
> In any event, many states have statutes and rules
> governing which SPI code
> no. is appropriate on a bottle. Based upon our
> review of the states'
> statutes, 39 states have some SPI provision, of
> which 14 make no specific
> reference to how multilayer bottles are to be
> treated, 6 follow the SPI
> guidance of conditioning the use of a no. 1 on
> whether a multilayer bottle
> is compatible, and 19 seem to require all multilayer
> bottles to be a no. 7.
> 
> I haven't myself yet had a chance to talk with
> Tropicana, but I would have
> to guess that they decided to use one standard label
> for the entire country
> (as do most national brands), and since 19 states,
> including California I
> might note, require all multilayer bottles to be a
> no. 7, presumably they
> decided to just go with that.
> 
> Then, apparently, they may have some tests to show
> that IN THE VOLUMES THAT
> THEIR BOTTLE WILL BE SOLD, their barrier material
> will not adversely affect
> #2 recycling.  I couldn't tell you whether this is
> correct or not, but I
> haven't heard anything from the reclaimers
> indicating that they've
> experienced any problem.
> 
> At the Plastic Redesign Project we did an in depth
> examination of the
> barriers used in PET bottles that can be found at
> www.plasticredesign.org,
> and which also explains what the methodology should
> consist of for a careful
> review.  But, we don't yet have funding to examine
> the HDPE barrier
> situation.  Sorry.
> 
>                                                     
>            peter
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