Rigid/Solid Polylactic Acid (PLA) #7


Rigid/Solid Polylactic Acid Production Process


Polylactic Acid (PLA) is a renewable bioplastic made from corn or sugarcane. The resin identification code for this plastic is "7." Corn or sugarcane is harvested and then made into a stable, solid polymer. Dart uses the resulting PLA polymer as either a material in thermoformed food and beverage packaging or to coat certain paper products.


Recovery & Recycling Information 


Access to PLA food and beverage package recycling is very limited at this time. Check with your local recycler to see if PLA is accepted in your area. If recycling is not available in your area, PLA can be commercially composted where facilities exist. To see if a commercial composting facility accepts PLA near you, go to findacomposter.com. For more information about composting PLA, please visit the Biodegradable Products Institute.


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