Know Your Plastic
Updated: Apr 28, 2020
Plastics are everywhere these days, and disposable plastic containers make up a huge amount of the trash the average person throws away each day.
You can identify recyclable plastic by the recycling triangle symbol which can usually be found imprinted somewhere on the bottom of a bottle with a numbered and lettered abbreviation to label its type.
PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate). Recycling type #1 is most often used for soft drink bottles, water bottles, plastic beer bottles, plastic peanut butter jars, salad dressing and vegetable oil bottles and food trays. When recycled it gets made into polar fleece, tote bags, furniture, carpet and new beverage containers.
HDPE (high density polyethylene). Recycling type #2 is used in milk and juice jugs, cleaning product bottles, yogurt tubs, some trash bags and cereal box liners. Recycled back into bottles, pens and building materials.
V (Vinyl) or PVC. Recycling type #3 is found on some window cleaner, detergent and shampoo bottles, as well as clear food packaging, siding, windows, piping and medical equipment. Occasionally recycled by plastic lumber makers back into building materials.
LDPE (low density polyethylene). Look for Recycling type #4 on squeeze bottles and plastic shopping, dry cleaning or bread bags. Recycled into trash can liners, shipping envelopes, and lumber.
PP (polypropylene). Recycling type #5 comes in straws, some yogurt containers, syrup and ketchup bottles, pill bottles, and caps. Turned into rakes, brooms, batteries and trays.
PS (polystyrene). Recycling type #6 is used for disposable plates and cups, compact disc cases, egg cartons, carry-out containers, and aspirin bottles. Recycled into foam packaging, insulation and more egg cartons and carry-out containers.
Miscellaneous. Recycling type #7 includes multi-gallon water bottles, 'bullet-proof' materials, sunglasses, DVDs, iPod cases, nylon. Not often recycled, but sometimes turned into lumber.
Nara Loca Abadi is a recycled plastic specialist that promotes the use of recycled PET flakes, recycled PET chips, recycled PP & HDPE granules to various plastic and polyester manufacturers.