Polypropylene All Rigid Plastic

ITEM CODE: Polypropylene All Rigid Plastic

HTS CODE: 3915900090

Any Polypropylene (PP, #5) whole bottle, container product, generated through a positive sort from curbside, drop off or other public or private recycling collection program. Bulky Polypropylene (PP, #5) are items greater than 5 gallons, (e.g. buckets, crates, waste baskets, toys, and storage bins).

Examples include: prescription bottles, yogurt cups, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs, cold drink cups, microwaveable trays, tofu tubs, dishwasher safe storage containers, hangers, bottle cap enclosures, etc.

Product: Polypropylene Containers
Source: Post-Consumer Material
Contamination: Total contaminants should not exceed 8% by weight

The following levels of contamination are allowed
• 2% Maximum acceptable
o Metal
o Paper/Cardboard
o Liquid or other residue
o High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE, #2)
o Any plastic container or packaging containing Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET, #1), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC, #3), Polystyrene (PS, #6), Other (#7)

The following contaminants are not allowed at any level (zero percent allowed)
• Plastic bags, sheets, film
• Oil, grease, rocks, dirt
• Wood, glass, electronic scrap
• Medical and hazardous waste
• Products with degradable additives
• Containers which held flammable, corrosive or reactive products, pesticides or herbicides

Terms & Definitions

Effective as of: July 14th, 2022

Terms & Conditions

Product These guidelines are designed with the potential for dealing with all recycled plastic in bale form. Initial specifications refer only to bottles. The code framework allows for generation of guidelines for all types of plastic packaging materials (including rigids and flexibles) with room for expansion to other plastic products and resins including those which are used to produce durable goods. Guidelines for those products may be added at a later date. Bale Density Bales shall be compressed to a minimum density of 10 pounds per cubic foot and a maximum density to be determined by individual contract between Buyer and Seller. Increased density may improve transportation efficiency, but over-compression may adversely affect the ability of a Buyer to separate, sort, and reprocess the material. Bale Tying Material Bale wires, ties, or straps shall be made of non-rusting or corroding material. Bale Integrity Bale integrity must be maintained through loading, shipping, handling, and storage. Distorted or broken bales are difficult to handle. They are unacceptable and may result in downgrading, rejection, or charge back. Allowable Contamination Unspecified materials must not exceed 2% of total bale weight. Bales which contain over 2% will be subjected to reduction in the contracted price of the material as well as charges for disposal of the contaminants. The reduced percentage will vary depending upon the amount and type of contamination. Quality of the baled plastic is the primary factor which determines the value. Prohibited Material Certain materials are understood to be specified as “prohibited.” Such materials will render the bale “non-specification” and may cause some customers to reject the entire shipment. These may include plastic materials which have a deleterious effect on each other when reprocessed, and materials such as agricultural chemicals, hazardous materials, flammable liquids and/or their containers, and medical waste. Liquids Plastic containers/materials should be empty and dry when baled. The bale should be free of any free-flowing liquid of any type. General Shipments should be essentially free of dirt, mud, stones, grease, glass, and paper. The plastic must not have been damaged by ultraviolet exposure. Every effort should be made to store the material above ground and under cover. A good faith effort on the part of the supplier will be made to include only rinsed bottles which have closures removed.

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