Recyclable Symbols - Corporate Requirement - Plastic caps, used for tamper evidency

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Shannon - 2007

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Hi all,
I need to know if the following is an issue I need to worry about:
We have a Corporate requirement that states our plastic caps, used for tamper evidency, need to have a recycable symbol.
Our caps have a chasing arrow on them, but I recently learned that these chasing arrow symbols do NOT mean the item is recycable. Rather, the plastics industry adopted this symbol in 1988 to identify the resins used. (Ref - Earth Island Journal, Fall 1996)
Here is my question:
Will a BSI auditor know that these symbols are not recyclable symbols?
Will I get a NC for not complying to our requirement?
Or, am I worried for nothing?

Shannon
 
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Hey Shannon,

I'm a BSI auditor and I know, and guess what, I'm gonna tell everyone else now!!!! Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

No, I'm not gonna tell, you are.

You're going to identify "other requirements" as is required in 4.3.2, and you going to committ to complying to them in 4.2. You're also going to identify the caps as an aspect over which you can control (or at least have an influence over) in 4.3.1 and most probably identify them as significant (also 4.3.1). Now if this is really a strong corporate requirement, and you aren't meeting it you may then want to set an objective and target for doing so in 4.3.3 and of course align an environmental management program with the O&T 4.3.4. Keep on going from here, OK?

Don't worry about jumping through hoops here. Do your basic work and you'll be fine.

Oh yes, welcome to the Cove :bigwave:
 
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