Recycling by Numbers
What do they mean?
(SPI) the Society of the Plastics Industry, created a code in 1988 that allowed recyclers to differentiate different plastics that manufacturers could implement nation wide. Recyclers usually target post-consumer plastics, which are most commonly found on household packaging materials. (FTC), the Federal Trade Commission, and the SPI, made up guidelines for the use of this code. The guidelines for the code include:
• Must be used on bottles and
rigid containers in compliance with laws in 39 states.
Now that you know the guidelines to the code, let’s take a look at the code itself. You will find the SPI symbol that can be found on your products, the polymer that represents it, also a quick description of the uses of that polymer.
Poly (ethylene terephthalate):
soda bottles, water bottles, vinegar bottles,
Low – density Polyethylene:
wrapping films, grocery bags, sandwich bags,
Other- If your product
is labeled OTHER it can be made up of any combination
of 1-6 or another less commonly used plastics.