I just purchased a consumer product. It was packaged in a clear plastic 'disposable' container. This shipping container is not marked in any way. There is no material designation or recycling code marking any where on the plastic. I called the manufacturer of the product to complain, and they told me there there is no requirement for them to do so. They told me in the USA, this is dictated by state law.
I'm not sure I believe them. I can find lots and lots of stuff on what the identification markings mean, but virtually nothing on if manufacturers are REQUIRED to place them there in the first place. I've been wading through my state's published laws with extensive searches and I'm coming up totally empty.
I can find some info on the European Union requirements but I'm not seeing much on USA consumer goods, either at a US federal level or state level. Note I do see a whole lot of stuff on plastic bottles... (And on a funny side note, the best overview of EU laws comes from the US Commercial service, www.export.gov, an organization that helps US businesses sell products in the EU. What's funny about that? I can use a US government website to find about laws in other countries, but I can't find anything about the rules/ laws in the US. So yeah, I find that funny.)
Anybody know where to look to find out if consumer products and shipping material are REQUIRED to be marked for recycling in the USA?