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Section: Material code labels on bottles, containers; required

Statute: 13:1E-99.41

a. On or after January 1, 1991, no person shall sell, offer for sale, or distribute any plastic bottle or plastic container in this State unless the bottle or container is labeled with a material code indicating the plastic resin used to produce the bottle or container. Any plastic bottle or plastic container with a label or basecup affixed thereto, the composition of which consists of a different material than the bottle or container itself, shall be coded by its basic material. b. The material code shall consist of a uniform symbol and identification number, and an acronym comprising no more than five letters. The symbol shall consist of a triangular-shaped configuration of three arrows with a specific number placed within the center of the symbol to indicate the composition of the material used to produce the bottle or container. The acronym shall be placed below the triangle of arrows. The triangle shall be equilateral, formed by three arrows with the apex of each point of the triangle at the midpoint of each arrow, rounded with a short radius. The pointer (arrowhead) of each arrow shall be at the midpoint of each side of the triangle with a short gap separating the pointer from the base of the adjacent arrow. The triangle, formed by the three arrows curved at their midpoints shall depict a clockwise path around the code number. c. The material code shall consist of an identification number and acronym as follows: (1) Polyethylene terephthalate: "1" and "PETE"; (2) High density polyethylene: "2" and "HDPE"; (3) Vinyl: "3" and "V"; (4) Low density polyethylene: "4" and "LDPE"; (5) Polypropylene: "5" and "PP"; (6) Polystyrene: "6" and "PS"; and (7) All other plastic resins and laminates: "7" and "OTHER". d. The commissioner shall maintain on file in the department for public inspection copies of the material code provided in subsection c. of this section. The department shall provide a copy to any person upon request. L.1989, c.268, s.2.

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