TYPES OF PLASTIC AND WHICH ONES TO RECYCLE
So, which plastics can be recycled, and which can’t?
Here is a guide to recycling plastics:
Polyethylene Terephthalate - Plastic bottles which are highly recyclable due to its strength and malleability.
High-density polyethylene - Thick plastic containers such as milk jugs, shampoo bottles, cleaning agents and the like. It is stiff and rigid. It is also widely recyclable like plastic bottles.
Polyvinyl Chloride - Plastic piping, vinyl flooring, cabling insulation, and roof sheeting. These are not commonly recycled due to its chemical properties.
Low-density polyethylene - Most commonly seen as plastic bags. These are lightweight, low-cost, which is why it fails against mechanical stress. It is due to this property that it is not recycled.
Polypropylene - The component of most commercialized products such as bottle caps, food tubs, automobile parts, rope, medical equipment. These are highly durable and resistant, but not commonly recycled. Consult with the local recycling center if they accept these.
Polystyrene - Disposable plastic utensils. Light, fragile, and easily dispersed. It is rarely recycled due to these properties but consult a local center if they accept these.
Other Plastics - Water cooler bottles, baby cups, fiberglass, these are diverse in nature, but it is due to that in which it is difficult to recycle bacause to varying characteristics.
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