What Plastics Can Be Recycled?

What Plastics Can Be Recycled?

Can PET plastic be recycled?

Yes, PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is the most commonly recycled plastic as it is used for drinks bottles, cleaning products, carpets and clothing. PET recycling has been possible for a long time now, mainly in bottle manufacturing. In Europe we recycle more than 50%, of our waste PET plastic. In some countries, recycled PET is used as a construction material – such as bottles filled with sand and cemented to form bricks. Most PET gets turned back into more bottles but textile garments such as fleece clothing and backpacks are also produced by shredding PET bottles into flakes, which are spun into a yarn.

Is HDPE recyclable?

Yes, HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) is used in larger containers such as milk jugs, shampoo bottles, bin bags and toys. Like PET, HDPE recycling is well established. The main applications for recycled HDPE are non-food bottles and film packaging. Pigmented HDPE is often recycled into lawn products, pipes and non-food containers. It is also downcycled and used as plastic lumber, and garden furniture.

Is PVC Recyclable?

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) is initially a rigid material, but it is made into a soft, flexible plastic. It is used for household products, trays, and furniture, credit cards, plumbing pipes, windows, tiles and medical equipment. Sadly, it is not easy to recycle

Is Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Recyclable?

LDPE has a simple structure, making it easy to produce. It is mostly used for bags, plastic wrapping, frozen food or sandwich bags, cling film, and squeezy bottles. You will find LDPE in furniture, flooring, and bubble wrap. It is recyclable, but it doesn’t often get recycled because plastic bags and cling film tend to tangle up in recycling machinery, which puts the entire recycling process at risk.

Are polypropylene and polystyrene recyclable?

Polypropylene and polystyrene are both popular plastic packaging materials but cannot currently be recycled.

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For over a hundred years, the Martland’s family-run skip hire group has been providing local people with whatever they may need when it comes to recycling waste – as well as skip hire and rubbish disposal. Call us today on one of the following numbers if you have any questions about what plastics can be recycled:-

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