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Re: [greenyes] plastic code law status?
Dear Gretchen,
Last I checked (admitedly August 2002), 38 states still had such laws on the books: AK, AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT , DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MA, MO, MS, MN, NC, NE, NJ, NV, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI. The rules vary by size and type of container -- some, for example, only apply to "bottles" above 16 fl. oz. Many have an upper limit of 5 gal. One state, ND, repealed its law in 2001 at the request of the State Dept. of Health and replaced it with an enabling law authorizing the Dept. to adopt new rules “consistent with national or regional standards.” As far as I know, the Dept. of Health has yet to exercise that authority.
Best Regards,

Please excuse cross-postings.

Dear Colleagues,
This is a poll to learn what states/provinces passed the plastic resin
codes into law, what states/provinces did not, and especially, any
states/provinces that passed laws instituting the code--then repealed those
This poll is a project of the CA Resource Recovery Assn. We would like to
hear from representatives of ALL states/provinces to know the status of
plastic code laws now.

Brief background: Plastic resin codes of #1 to #7 surrounded by chasing
arrows were proposed by plastics industry in late 80's, and adopted as law by
about 39 states. The codes are placed on the bottoms of all rigid plastic
containers (bottles, tubs, trays, etc) of 8 oz. capacity or higher. While
the codes are intended (per plastics industry) to help recycling operators in
identifying and sorting plastics for recycling, they have caused ongoing
problems for recyclers because of the subliminal message conveyed by the
chasing arrows symbol incorporated into the codes. The message is that ALL
plastic containers are made of recycled plastic and/or CAN BE recycled.
Most members of this list are familiar with this topic which has been
discussed many times. CRRA would like to revisit this issue in terms of
current laws on the books in US states (Canadian provinces are also
encouraged to respond).
We would like to hear from every state/province, whether they have the law,
don't have it, or had it then repealed it.
Many thanks to all responders.

Gretchen Brewer
San Diego
for CRRA

Sr. Keith Edward Ripley
Temas Actuales
6333 Beryl Road
Alexandria, VA 22312-6304 EE.UU
telefone: 703-813-6016
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e-mail: keith.ripley@no.address

Autor do livro "Solid Wastes and Recycling Policy in Latin America & the Caribbean"

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