10 Jan Know Your Plastics!
We’ve decided to ditch the plastic pumps on our lotions and washes and replace them with aluminium screw tops, and our body lotions are also now in glass. Our body washes are still in PET plastic bottles for safety in the shower reasons but we are working on something exciting to eventually replace these.
1. PET – Polyethylene Terephthalate
PET or PETE, as it is also known, is commonly used for fizzy drinks, water bottles and salad trays. PET is widely recycled back into the manufacturing of items such as textiles, clothing, food and beverage containers and even carpet.
2. HDPE – High-Density Polyethylene
HDPE is used for milk bottles, bleach, detergents and some shampoo bottles. It is easily recyclable back into items such as non food containers, detergent bottles, recycling containers and floor tiles.
3. PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride
PVC or Vinyl as it also referred to as is commonly used in the manufacturing of carpet backing, pipes, window and door frames(rigid PVC) and fittings within the home. Although it’s widespread use recycling facilities may not be able to handle this plastic. Where recycled, it is used for the remanufacturing of packaging, paneling, guttering, electrical equipment, traffic cones etc.
4. LDPE – Low Density Polyethylene
LDPE is used commonly for bin liners, packaging film, squeezable bottles and carrier bags. Please check with your local recycling facility can take LDPE for onward recycling. After being recycled it’s use is common in the manufacturing of shipping envelopes, bin liners and carrier bags.
5. PP – Polypropylene
PP is used in the packaging of food and non food containers, margarine tubs, microwaveable meal trays. It’s fibres are also used for carpets, wall coverings and some vehicle upholstery. It’s use after recycling the material is very similar to it’s originally designed purpose, and please check whether you can recycle this at your local facility.
6. PS – Polystyrene
PS is most commonly know for it’s packaging protection uses especially electronic goods and toys whilst in transit. It is also used for packaging some foods such as hamburger boxes, egg cartons, and yoghurts. PS is not typically recycled, but please check with your local recycling facility.
7. Unallocated References – Everything Else
If you are unsure though please refer to the manufacturer of the product as to whether it can be recycled or not.
Ref: Pure Planet Recycling.