Summary: H.R.1318 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.1318. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (03/07/1991)

Plastic Recycling Assistance Act of 1991 - Directs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to require plastic containers manufactured or offered for sale in the United States to be coded to identify the principal plastic resin used in such containers. Establishes a symbol and numbers identifying specific types of resins, including degradable resins, for such codes.

Prohibits States or political subdivisions from: (1) enforcing any law applicable to plastic coding unless requirements are the same as requirements under this Act; and (2) enforcing any ban on plastic containers coded in compliance with this Act unless such ban is equally applicable to containers made from other materials.

Prescribes civil and criminal penalties for violations of this Act.

Requires the Administrator to study and report to the Congress on technology to facilitate the automated sorting of recyclable and nonrecyclable plastics in municipal solid waste and to separate such plastics by resin type.

Authorizes appropriations.