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Voluntary Design Guidelines for Designated PET bottles

Basic Requirements

March 1.2016
The Council for PET Bottle Recycling(JAPAN)

Components

Basic Requirements
☆ Required items
*Recommended items

Remarks

Bottles

Body

Materials

  • PET only

PET only:

  • No material other than PET used by blending, multilayering, etc.
  • Ensure safety and hygiene and not impact on the recycling process.

Color

  • Not colored

Excluding white crystallized neck finishes

Structure

  • Easily compressible

 

Other

Base Cups

  • Not used

 

Handles

  • Made of colorless PET or PE/PP with a specific gravity less than 1.0
  • PE/PP handles with a specific gravity less than 1.0 are recommended to be replaced with colorless PET.

 

Printing

  • No direct printing on bottles

Excluding small printing of Best Before dates, production plant & lot, and other codes

Labels
(including label printing, adhesives, promotional campaign labels, etc.)

Materials
and
separation

  • Not contain PVC
  • Material and its thickness enable separation by specific gravity, pneumatic and washing processes during recycling
  • Inks do not transfer to PET bottles
  • Not use aluminum foil laminated labels
  • Not use aluminum-metalized labels

 

Detaching
and
Separation

  • *Shrink sleeves with perforations
  • *For labels that are glued onto bottles, such as roll-on, sheet and tacky labels, adhesive usage and the area covered with the adhesive are recommended to be minimized for easily peeling off by hand, and leave no fragment or adhesive on the bottle surface when detached.

 

Closures

Materials

  • Not use aluminum closures
  • Not contain PVC
  • Made mainly of PE/PP with a specific gravity less than 1.0
  • Where glass beads and gaskets are used, instructions for detaching them from the bottle after consumption are included on the label.

Applicable to shells, inner seals and liner materials

Others

Price tags and other glued attachments
(Requests for distributors and retailers)

  • Where adhesives, glue or adhesive tapes are used to attach price tags, proof-of-purchase tapes and promotional labels, etc. at distributers or retailers, those are recommended to be attached to closures or labels. Where they are attached to the bottle bodies, they are easily detachable by hand, and leave no fragment or adhesive on the bottle surface when detached.

 

PVC: Polyvinyl chloride, PE: Polyethylene, PP: Polypropylene

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