New Jersey Bill Would Restrict ‘Recyclable’ Claims; Require Solid Triangle for RIC
A recently introduced bill in New Jersey (Bill S2145/A1554) would prohibit the sale, distribution, and import of certain products and packaging marked as recyclable, unless the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) determines that the products are widely recycled. The bill specifies that the use of a chasing arrows symbol surrounding a resin identification code (RIC) would be considered an indication that the product or package is recyclable, while a RIC in a solid equilateral triangle would not indicate recyclability.
The legislation also directs N.J. DEP to conduct a materials characterization study by January 1, 2024, to identify products and forms of packaging that are deemed recyclable. Packaging may not be considered recyclable if it includes any components, inks, adhesives, or labels that prevent the recyclability of the packaging according to the APR Design Guide published by the Association of Plastic Recyclers, or contains intentionally added hazardous chemicals or PFAS.