Law:Division 12.7. Plastic Waste (California)

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Chapter 1. Legislative Findings

Ca Codes (prc:18000) Public Resources Code Section 18000



18000. The Legislature finds and declares the following: (a) Facilitating the recycling of plastics is in the best interests of the state. (b) This division is intended to require all plastic products sold in California on and after January 1, 1992, to have a molded label indicating the plastic resin used to produce the product.


Chapter 2. Containers And Packaging

Ca Codes (prc:18010-18016) Public Resources Code Section 18010-18016



18010. "Rigid plastic container" means any formed or molded article comprised predominantly of plastic resin and having a relatively inflexible finite shape or form intended primarily as a single service container with a capacity of eight ounces or more and less than five gallons.


18011. "Rigid plastic bottle" means any rigid plastic container with a neck that is smaller than the container body with a capacity of 16 ounces or more and less than five gallons.


18012. "Label" means a code label described in Section 18015 molded into the bottom of the plastic product.


18015. (a) All rigid plastic bottles and rigid plastic containers sold in California on and after January 1, 1992, shall be labeled with a code which indicates the resin used to produce the rigid plastic bottle or rigid plastic container. Rigid plastic bottles or rigid plastic containers with labels and basecups of a different material shall be coded by their basic material. The code shall consist of a number placed inside a triangle, and letters placed below the triangle. The triangle shall be equilateral, formed by three arrows with the apex of each point of the triangle at the midpoint of each arrow, rounded with a short radius. The pointer (arrowhead) of each arrow shall be at the midpoint of each side of the triangle with a short gap separating the pointer from the base of the adjacent arrow. The triangle, formed by the three arrows curved at their midpoints shall depict a clockwise path around the code number. The numbers and letters used shall be as follows: 1 = PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) 2 = HDPE (high density polyethylene) 3 = V (vinyl) 4 = LDPE (low density polyethylene) 5 = PP (polypropylene) 6 = PS (polystyrene) 7 = OTHER (includes multilayer) (b) A "7" shall appear below the resin abbreviation when the bottle or container is composed of more than one layer of that resin. (c) On and after January 1, 1989, the Division of Recycling of the Department of Conservation shall maintain a list of abbreviations used on labels pursuant to subdivision (a) and shall provide a copy of that list to any person upon request.


18016. On and after January 1, 1992, it is unlawful to manufacture for use in this state any rigid plastic container which is not labeled in accordance with Section 18015. A violation of this section is a crime punishable by a fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000).


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