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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.



Our single-sided polylactic acid (SSPLA) paper hot cups and food containers have the following certifications:



Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Chain of Custody Certification (COC): An SFI‑certified label indicates that the fiber in a product originated from a company that is certified to the SFI Standard.

USDA BioPreferred® Designated Product: This symbol indicates that a product qualifies for mandatory federal purchasing by meeting or exceeding the minimum biobased content requirements for one or more product categories that have been identified by the USDA.

Biodegradable Products Institute® (BPI®) Labeled for Commercial Composting: This BPI label indicates a product meets ATSM D6868 standards so consumers, composters and regulators can identify products that were designed to biodegrade quickly, completely and safely in a municipal or commercial composting facility.

Plant-Based Renewable Resource: Plant material used in a product that can be replenished by nature.

Accepted at Cedar Grove® Commercial Composting Facilities: This designation indicates that a product is accepted at all Cedar Grove composting facilities. A material with Cedar Grove acceptance meets the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guide standards for compostability, including the ASTM D6868, which identifies products designed to be aerobically composted in municipal or commercial facilities where such facilities exist.