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Learn about Plastic Recycling Codes


Episode 19: What do the Plastic Recycling Codes Represent?

This episode of Coffee with Kaufman covers the seven plastic recycling codes and what each number represents.

There are seven plastic recycling codes that you should be aware of. The symbol can be found on or near the bottom of a plastic bottle or container. The symbol itself does not necessarily indicate that is recyclable, but instead represents the plastic material the bottle is made out of.

#1: PET or PETE: Polyethylene Terephthalate PET is transparent, strong and fully recyclable. PET packaging can be found for products such as water, salad dressing and peanut butter.

#2: HDPE: High Density Polyethylene HDPE is opaque, durable and a versatile plastic. HDPE packaging can be found for products such as milk, laundry detergent and shampoo.

#3: PVC: Polyvinyl Chloride PVC is lightweight, durable and an inexpensive plastic. PVC packaging can be found for products such as window cleaners, automotive products and industrial chemicals.

#4: LDPE: Low Density Polyethylene LDPE is a flexible, lightweight and is less rigid than HDPE plastic. LDPE packaging can be found for products such as Honey, lids for plastic tubs and beverage cups.

#5: PP: Polypropylene PP is rigid, durable and has a very high melting point. Some of the most popular PP packaging includes hot filled plastic containers, dairy tubs and caps and closures.

#6:PS: Polystyrene PS is a crystal clear and lightweight plastic that has poor stress crack resistance. Some of the most popular PS packaging includes jars, vials and disposable cups.

#7: Other: The other recycling codes represents all plastics that don't fit into a previously numbered category. Some examples include polycarbonate, acrylic, nylon and many more.


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