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Re: [greenyes] Resin Code
For detailed information from SPI regarding the use of the SPI code you
might wish to visit:

http://www.plasticsindustry.org/outreach/recycling/2124.htm 

Wayne

>>> "Michele Raymond" <michele@no.address> 07/14/03 09:53AM >>>
Its not voluntary -- its a law in 39 states

Laws vary on sizes of bottles.

Cheers
Michele Raymond

At 03:34 PM 7/11/2003 -0400, Wayne Turner wrote:
>Pat,
>
>I'm not sure I understand your question, but here's what I know.  I'd
>think Peter Anderson could give you a very definite response on this.
>
>When the SPI (Society of Plastics Industries) developed these resin
>codes (1-7), it was done so because intermediate processors
(recyclers)
>needed some way to identify the resin type of each plastic bottle
with
>certainty so they could be sorted properly.  The individual plastic
>bottle manufacturers can voluntarily sign on to this coding program
>simply by using it during the production process by stamping the code
on
>each botte.  So, at some point in the supply chain, every 'empty'
bottle
>made by a manufacturer who is using the coding system has the resin
>identification imprint on it - which we know as the 3 chasing arrows
>with the resin number inside it and the resin acronym under the
arrows.
>Once a new bottle is made with this imprint, which in every case I'm
>aware of is hot stamped into the bottle itself, it will retain that
code
>until it is recycled (flaked, chipped, etc.).  I've seen the codes on
>all kinds of bottles including those for foods, beverages, personal
care
>items, chemicals, soaps and cleaning materials.  It's application
seems
>to be solely based on whether the bottle maker chooses to use the SPI
>coding system during the manufacturing process.
>
>I hope this helps.
>
>Wayne
>
> >>> "Pat Franklin" <pfranklin@no.address> 07/11/03
11:18AM
> >>>
>Plastic Bottle Question:  Are "ALL" plastic bottles required to have
a
>resin
>code (number)?  Is it only bottles that are filled with a beverage,
>food or
>other product that have to have the code, or are "empty" plastic
>bottles
>also required to have the code?
>
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>Container Recycling Institute
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>
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>
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