The overall plastic recycling rate for the country is only at 20.1%. This is relatively low compared to the other recyclable materials. This is mainly because businesses and households are not aware what plastics that can be recycled and those that isn’t.
We will explain below the different types of plastics and give examples using common household items.
With the help of every person, private institution and government across Australia. Recycled plastic use and plastic recycling rates could grow towards a more sustainable earth.
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Types of Plastics We Are Accepting
We need to know the so called Plastics Identification (PIN) code or number used by
manufacturers and plastics recyclers to distinguish the various types of plastic for reprocessing.
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE)
This type of plastic is a clear, strong, and lightweight that is widely used for packaging foods and drinks.
Common examples: soda & water bottles, cups, jars, meat trays, clamshellsCan be recycled into: clothing, carpet, new clamshells, new soda & water bottles
High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
HDPE is a versatile thermoplastic polymer made from petroleum. Known for its outstanding tensile strength and large strength-to-density ratio.
Common examples: milk jugs, detergent & shampoo bottles, flower pots, grocery bagsCan be recycled into: detergent bottles, flower pots, crates, pipe, decking
Polyvinyl Chloride Low-Density Polyethylene (PVC)
Polyvinyl chloride or PVC is lightweight, durable, low cost and easy to process. PVC is now replacing traditional building materials like wood, metal, concrete, rubber, ceramics, etc. in several applications.
Common examples: cleaning supplies, bread bags, paper jugs, pool liners, towels & tissue twine, sheeting, overwrap, squeeze automotive product, bottles, trash bags, bottles.Can be recycled into: pipe, wall siding, binders, carpet backing, flooring
Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPR)
LDPE (low density polyethylene) is a soft, flexible, lightweight plastic noted for its low temperature flexibility, toughness, and corrosion resistance.
Common examples: bread bags, paper jugs, pool liners, towels & tissue twine, sheeting, overwrap, squeeze automotive product bottles, trash bags, bottles, sheeting, six-pack ringsCan be recycled into: trash bags, plastic lumber, furniture, shipping envelopes, compost bins
Polypropylene (PP) is a versatile thermoplastic same as HDPE but t is the lightest polymers among all commodity plastics.
Common examples: yogurt tubs, cups, juice bottles, straws, hangers, sand & shipping bagsCan be recycled into: paint cans, speed bumps, auto parts, food containers, hangers, plant pots, razor handles
Polystyrene or PS plastic is a transparent thermoplastic that is available as both a typical solid plastic as well in the form of a rigid foam material.
Common examples: To-go containers & flatware, hot cups, razors, CD cases, shipping cushion, cartons, traysCan be recycled into: picture frames, crown molding, rulers, flower pots, hangers, toys, tape dispensers
Others types of Plastics
Common examples: safety glasses, CDs, headlight lensesCan be recycled into: electronic housings, auto parts
If you got any of these plastics lying around at home or at the factory. Don’t hesitate to contact us!