APR lends support to degradable labeling bills

APR lends support to degradable labeling bills

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers has released a statement reiterating its opposition to the use of degradable additives in plastics.

Citing what it called the "sustainability implications" of degradable and biodegradable additives for products entering the recycling stream, APR used the announcement to support for House Bill 468 and Senate Bill 298 in Alabama, as well as HB 315 and SB 822 in North Carolina. All of the bills would require plastics with degradable additives to be clearly labeled as such and to meet minimum degradability standards. The organization says that, despite repeated calls for degradable additive manufacturers to release verifiable data regarding degradability claims, they have "seen no credible supporting data."

"Containers with these degradable additives can seriously impair the integrity of the plastic packaging recycling stream," says APR executive director Steve Alexander. "We have asked the additive providers to prove no harm done and have received no satisfactory answers. Hostile degradable additives not only mean the packaging containing them is unsuitable for recycling, but physically adjacent items are also rendered unfit. The impact goes beyond just the items containing the hostile additives."

The North Carolina bills are both currently in committee, while the Alabama bills have both been reported favorable out of committee and are scheduled for a third reading.

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