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Rigid Plastic Packaging Container (RPPC)

California’s Rigid Plastic Packaging Container (RPPC) law was enacted in 1991 as part of an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste disposed in California landfills and to increase the use of recycled postconsumer plastic. The law mandates that product manufacturers that sell products held in RPPCs meet one of the compliance options identified in the regulation.

3M is committed to compliance with all laws, including those relating to Rigid Plastic Packaging Container (RPPC). RPPC generally means a packaging container that:

  • is made entirely of plastic (except for incidental portions of the packaging),
  • has a relatively inflexible shape or form,
  • has a minimum capacity or volume of eight (8) ounces up to a maximum capacity or volume of five (5) gallons,
  • is capable of at least one closure (including closure during the manufacturing process).

RPPCs can range in shape, color, size, and form. RPPCs can include, but are not limited to:

  • Buckets
  • Tubs
  • Pails
  • Tubes
  • Cartridges
  • Jugs
  • Bottles (wide mouth and/or narrow neck)
  • Clamshells (heat-sealed and/or reclosable)
  • Plastic Folding Cartons

RPPC legislation requires Packaging component suppliers to provide Certificates of Compliance with California law as required by Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations. We are requesting that as a supplier to 3M you provide all Container Manufacturer Certification Information as required under Section 17945.4 of Title 14, California Code of Regulations (CCR) for the package component numbers provided.

We are sure that your company, like 3M, is committed to compliance with all applicable laws.

For additional information regarding RPPC Packaging Legislation, see links below:

California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Regulations:  Title 14, California Code of Regulations (CCR) Chapter 4, Article 3,

Statutes:  California Public Resources Code (PRC)


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