What Type of Plastic can be Recycled?

on Saturday, August 20, 2011
Recycling program had been an alternative to reduce waste on this planet. There many daily used items can be recycle; such as paper, glass and plastic. But Do you know that NOT ALL types of plastic can actually be recycled?

MOST of the plastic  products have a SPI resin identification coding system just like the one you could found at the bottom of a plastic bottle which is the first type; the one that with number 1 in the recycle symbol. 
Aforementioned, not all type plastics can be recycle. According to http://www.plasticfreebottles.com and http://www.thedailygreen.com the most recyclable plastic is type 1 and 2Type 5 plastic are hard to avoid buying, and mostly useless for recycling. Type 4 and 7 is less commonly recycled. The other types are generally not recycled (except perhaps in small test programs). You should place in your bin only those types of plastic listed by your local recycling agency!

Code Name Common Use Recycle
Rate
PET
Polyethylene
Terephthalate
Plastic bottles (soft drink, single-use
water bottles, sport drinks), food jars,
cosmetic containers.
23%
HDPE
High density
polyethylene
Grocery Bags, detergent bottles, milk and
juice jugs.
27%
PVC
Polyvinyl chloride
Garden hose, cable sheathing, window
frames, blister packs, blood bags, meat
wrap.
< 1%
LDPE
Low density
Polyethylene
Heavy duty bags, drycleaning bags,
bread bags, squeezable bottles, plastic
food wrap.
< 1%
PP
Polypropylene
Medicine bottles, cereal liners, packing
tape, straws, potato chip bags.
3 %
PS
Polystyrene
CD and video cases, plastic cutlery, foam
packaging, egg cartons.
< 1%
Other
PC

Polycarbonate
Baby bottles, water cooler bottles, car
parts
< 1%

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