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What does the #7 code on your products mean? What number is used for bioplastics?

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The numbered codes you find on plastic containers identify the type of plastic resin that makes up your container. These are officially called resin identification codes and do not indicate recyclability - although they are the easiest way to learn which type of plastic you have when you go to recycle.</p>
<p>The #7 code stands for all plastic types that are not #1-#6 – it is a catch all category for all other types of plastic and plastic composites. So keep in mind that all #7 containers are NOT created equal. They all have different properties and end of life destinies. Look for the words "BPI Certified" to determine if you have a compostable plastic that can go into a commercial compost facility. </p>
<p>This coding system was developing in 1988 by the Society of Plastics when there were only six types of plastic materials that were used in plastic packaging. So, they were numbered 1-6. The #7 was added as "all other" to be used by new plastic materials types that were not in the marketplace in 1988 – or plastic types that are blends or composites. Unfortunately, the resin coding system has not been changed or revised since 1988, despite the expanding varieties of plastic types out there. This means that any new technological advancements in plastics, using bio-based materials like plants are automatically coded as #7 until new laws are put in place.</p>
<p><strong>Learn More</strong><br />
<a href="http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/plastics.htm" target="_blank">US EPA Resource Conservation Page for Plastics </a><br />
<a href="http://www.bpiworld.org/" target="_blank">Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) </a> </p>



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