Mislabeled Plastic Containers Could Wreak Havoc on Recycling Stream

Published: 9 April 2010
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Sustainability

Earth911.com reports two major plastics recycling associations recently announced that they are seeing a startling increase in mislabeled plastic bottles, including a considerable increase of bottles mislabeled with the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin identification code as well as bottles mislabeled as compatible with PET recycling, which could wreak havoc on the recycling stream. David Cornell, technical director for the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR), points out that the issue may be one of status and a way to avoid negative press, as plastic #7 often gets a bad rap because it’s harder to recycle.

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