The US states of Alabama and North Carolina have proposed bills, which would require manufacturers of compostable, biodegradable or degradable containers to mark their products as “not recyclable, do not recycle”. The proposals were introduced to the North Carolina General Assembly (HB 315) on March 18, 2013 and the Senate (SB 298) as well as the Assembly (HB 468) of the Alabama legislature on March 05 and March 20, 2013 respectively. The laws aim to protect the hydrocarbon specific plastics recycling stream from contamination with non-recyclable types of plastic. Such contamination would result in lower quality and safety of plastic containers made from recycled materials.

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