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ASTM Shifts from Chasing Arrows Plastic Resin Label

Allan Gerlat

June 11, 2013

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ASTM Shifts from Chasing Arrows Plastic Resin Label

ASTM International is moving away from the chasing arrows recycling label in its plastic resin identification system.

The West Conshohocken, Pa.-based standards association said in a news release it has approved changing the 1-7 plastics labeling from the chasing arrows logo to a solid equilateral triangle around the number.

The Resin Identification Code (RIC) system was developed to identify the resin content in a product, not its recyclability. The change under ASTM D7611 brings the system back to its core mission, the organization said.

“Changing the marking symbol in D7611 decouples the RIC system from the recycling message, which has been a significant source of confusion by the public,” said Bridget Anderson, director, Recycling Unit, Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling for the New York City Department of Sanitation, who was part of the task group that worked on the change for ASTM.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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