Plastic Recycling Code - Introduction

on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
What is this Plastic Recycling Code??
Have you ever see a recycle symbol with number in it at the bottom of a plastic bottle?
That is the SPI (Society of the Plastics Industry) resin identification coding system.

These markers DO NOT MEAN "the plastic can be recycled" OR "the container uses recycled plastic". These markers only identify the plastic type.

Plastic recycling code number Types of plastic Common use for this type of plastic
Tupperware recycling logo Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) Mineral water bottle, rigid box for fresh produce
Tupperware recycling logo High density polyethylene (HDPE) Opaque bottles like for shampoo or detergent
Tupperware recycling logo Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Cling wrap, some plastic squeeze bottles, plumbing pipes
Tupperware recycling logo Low density polyethylene (LDPE) Plastic grocery bags, most plastic wraps.
Tupperware recycling logo Polypropylene (PP) Clouded bottles or  containers like for
ice-cream or yoghurt.
Tupperware recycling logo Polystyrene (PS) or expanded polystyrene (EPS) Styrofoam cups, trays. Disposable plates, packaging "peanuts".
Tupperware recycling logo Other materials which cannot be classified in any of the above. (e.g polycarbonate, poly-amide and new biodegradable plastics) Car parts,
computer casings,
rigid plastic trays
used by bakers.

Despite all that, Do you know that NOT ALL types can actually be recycled? Now you know what this markers mean, but do you know which one can be recycled and which are not! For your Further Reading Click Here!


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