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News and Media Archives February 2015

February 24, 2016 - APR & ASTM

APR proposes ballot (D7611M-13) for ASTM consideration

This revision of D7611M-13, authorized as WK52452, provides more specific definitions for the resin identification code categories based on common criteria, examples of code assignment, and a process for adding additional code numbers. The work represents input from many sources including ASTM D20.95 members, postconsumer plastics recyclers, sorting plant operators, brand companies, testing laboratories, resin producers, sheet and molding converters, and two trade associations, the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) and the National Association of PET Container Resources (NAPCOR). In addition, these recommendations have been shared with the American Chemistry Council, the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC).

A key intention is for codes on manufactured plastic items to convey basic information about the plastic resin or resins used to make the item. This information is useful for the subsequent processing of the items but does not imply recycling is being done or that the item is recyclable. Similarly, the code does not imply an item is not recyclable solely by the code assigned.

The revision here presented contains the following changes to the existing ASTM D7611 standard, which is a mild revision of the original resin identification code created by the Society of the Plastics Industry, SPI, in 1988.

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