February 12, 2015- APR Press Release
APR RESPONDS TO BIODEGRADABLE ADDITIVE LAWSUIT DECISION
Decision subject to appeal within 30 days
The Association of Plastic Recyclers, the leading trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry in North America, urged caution today in response to a recent decision by an Administrative Law Judge regarding claims by a manufacturer of biodegradable additives and their use in the marketplace.
(Note: On January 28, 2015, D. Michael Chappell, chief administrative law judge, issued a 323 page initial decision on the suit brought against ECM Biofilms, a degradable additives provider, by the US Federal Trade Commission, FTC. The judge ordered ECM Biofilms to not deceptively state any plastic product or package will completely degrade within any time period and to not deceptively state tests prove such claims).
"This is a decision of reason", said Steve Alexander, APR Executive Director. "The judge found that the company had violated the law by deceptively claiming plastics with its additive would degrade completely within nine months to five years."
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