Have you noticed any of the new package recycling labels? Some manufacturers are voluntarily using the labels in an effort to make recycling easier. One of the biggest problems with the status quo labels is related to plastics -- specifically, complaints from consumers and recyclers who say many people don't understand the chasing arrows resin ID codes. The new Package Recovery Label System was developed for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Mike Verespej, Plastics News' staff reporter in Washington, has written a few stories about the project, including "Recycling campaign kicks off as OEMs launch label system," and "New package labels aim to simplify recycling." Check those links for background on the project. Today, thanks to a tweet from the American Chemistry Council's "Recycle Plastic" feed, I found a handy website that's supposed to help the public navigate the new labels. The labels are being called "How 2 Recycle Labels," and the site is www.how2recycle.info. Check it out for more information, and to better understand exactly what the labels mean. Meanwhile, to help you recognize them when you see them, here's an example of one of the new labels:
Explaining the new package recycling labels
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