Make it a requirement for plastic products in the UK to show a Resin Identification Code

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Petition Rt Hon Michael Gove MP to make it a requirement for plastic in the UK to show their Resin Identification Code (RIC):

The Resin Identification Codes (RIC) are a set of symbols used to identify the different types of plastic. There are currently 7 symbols and they are essential in sorting plastic for recycling purposes.

However, in the UK there is no mandatory need to mark the plastic type of products or packaging.

When looking on products and packaging to check how they are recycled, you often come across recycling signs labelled with “not widely recycled” or “check with local recycling”. The problem is that there are 450 councils across the UK with differing rules on collection and recycling. Listing each branded product’s individual recycling method on local council websites would be cumbersome and widely inaccessible.

It’s no wonder that two-thirds of us admit to being confused about what can and can't be recycled.

A solution to this is making it mandatory that plastic is labelled with their RIC symbol, then councils can display easily which plastic they collect and recycle. Identifying plastic types in this way will help stop widespread confusion about plastic recycling, which is essential in increasing recycling rates, reducing costly landfill taxes and preventing rejections caused by contamination



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