Proposed laws would require ‘not recyclable’ labeling on biodegradable plastic containers

Confronted with mixed messages, consumers don't know what to do

Laws proposed in North Carolina and Alabama could require containers made from biodegradable or compostable plastic to be labeled non-recyclable.

Filed last month, the proposed laws – House Bill 315, introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly, and Senate Bill 298 and House Bill 468, introduced in the Alabama Legislature – would prevent any plastic containers, including beverage bottles, sold or distributed in those states from being labeled compostable, biodegradable or degradable unless the container is also clearly marked “not recyclable, do not recycle.”

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Tags: additives, bioresins, polylactic acid, recycling industry, Plastics Recycling Conference, degradability


PlasticsNews, 2013-04-03.


Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers
ENSO Plastics
Federal Trade Commission
Good, Inc.
National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR)
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Southeast Recycling Development Council Inc.