Lawsuit takes aim at Walmart’s plastic recycling labels

Read the full story at Resource Recycling.

Environmental activist group Greenpeace this week accused Walmart of falsely labeling items as recyclable and asked a California court to compel the retailer to stop making the claims.

The Dec. 14 lawsuit is focused on Walmart’s recycling labels for packaging made from plastics Nos. 3-7, laying out the relatively low processing capacity for these 3-7 plastics.

The lawsuit includes as examples applesauce and yogurt cups made from 3-7 plastics (the complaint doesn’t specifically identify the resin). The lawsuit takes issue with the How2Recycle labels on the products, labels that identify the packaging as either recyclable with certain instructions, or recyclable depending on local regulations.

Greenpeace says these claims are leading consumers to believe products will be recycled, despite low capacity to recycle these materials in the U.S.

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