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What is the SPI Resin Identification Code?

Posted by Jeff Knapp

In 1988, The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), now known as the Plastics Industry Association, created the Resin Identification Code (RIC) system. This system was developed to provide a consistent national program to help sorting line workers identify post-consumer packaging types using the six basic packaging resin classes. Contrary to popular belief, the codes weren't intended to be consumer-facing recycle symbols for plastics.  The RIC system was supposed to be used to identify the types of plastic resin used to make common products like bottles and other packaging during the processing stage before recycling. 

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Topics: recycling plastic, Recycling codes, recycle numbers

What Do Recycling Symbols on Plastics Mean? (Part 2)

Posted by Doug Malawey

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Topics: Recycling codes, types of plastic, recycle numbers