ASTM WK65833

    New Practice for Identification of Plastic Used in Products for Recycling

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    Developed by Subcommittee: D20.95 | Committee D20 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    The scope of this standard is to standardize the codes used to identify plastic used to produce parts and products to ease recycling and use of the resultant recycled resin. This system would enable plastic recyclers to specify the particular plastics desired and to also better define their plastic mix. This will further enhance the ability for product producers to use recycled resin.


    recycling code


    The Resin Identification Code (RIC) developed by SPI (now Plastics Industry Association) is intended for rigid plastic packaging and thus only has identifiers for six generic resin types (and a catchall #7). For plastic parts and products in general, this system does not identify the resins specifically enough for recovery and for recycled material usage.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Kelvin Okamoto

    Draft Under Development