The list of different plastic materials is endless. Here is list of plastic useful for recycling.
Here are most important materials we will work with:
PET (polyethylene terephthalate)
This is a very strong plastic that can be easily recognised for its transparent look. All beverage bottles containing your favourite sodas are PET. This plastic is also used in many other products like jars, combs, bags, tote bags, carpets and ropes. Items made from this plastic are commonly recycled. Most recently, PET is often recycled into yarns to make clothes. This plastic is a bit more complex to work with, we advise to start with other plastics.
HDPE (high-density polyethylene)
This plastic is often used for food or drink containers. Items made from this plastic include containers for milk, motor oil, shampoos, soap bottles, detergents, and bleaches. Many toys are also made from this plastic. This plastic works very well with Precious Plastic.
LDPE (low-density polyethylene)
Plastic wrap, sandwich bags, squeezable bottles, and plastic grocery bags all are made from LDPE. Usually, LDPE is not recycled from the industry but works rather good with Precious Plastic.
This is one of the most commonly available plastic on the market. This type of plastic is strong and can usually withstand higher temperatures. Among many other application, it is consistently used for products that get in contact with food and drink (Tupperware, yoghurt boxes, syrup bottles etc..). PP works very well with Precious Plastic.
PS is most commonly known as Styrofoam. PS can be recycled, but not efficiently; recycling it takes a lot of energy, which means that few places accept it. Disposable coffee cups, plastic food boxes, plastic cutlery and packing foam are made from PS. Very good to work with Precious Plastic.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
This is toxic and we do not work with it. PVC is most commonly found in plumbing pipes and releases chloride when heated up. Do not use with Precious Plastic.
This code is used to identify other types of plastic that are not defined by the other six codes. ABS, Acrylic or Polycarbonate are included in this category and can me more difficult to recycle. Precious Plastic can work with some of this.
More informations on collecting plastic coming soon. Any ideas about this? Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org