The 7 types of plastics out there each have their own use, characteristic, and purpose. In 1988, the Society of Plastics Industry gave each type of plastic a SPI code (found on the bottom) for easier recycling.
1-Polyethylene Terephthalate aka PET or PETE
uses: food and drink (not safe to use more then once)
2-High Density Polyethylene aka HDPE
uses: a recyclable plastic normally used for milk, motor oil, detergetns, and bleach containers
3-Polyvinyl Chloride aka PVC
uses: plumbing pipes and cooking oil -not easy to recycle,
4- Low-Density Polyethylene aka LDPE
uses: plastic cling wrap, sandwich bags, sqeezeable bottles, plastic grocery bags, not commonly recycled
5-Polypropylene aka PP
uses: plastic caps, diapers, tupperware, margarine containers, yogurt boxes, and syrup bottles-not commonly recycled
6-Polystyrene aka PS or Styrofoam
uses:Disposable coffee cups, plastic food boxes, plastic cutlery, packing foam, and packing peanuts, it is commonly recycled
uses: baby bottles, large water bottles, medical storage, difficult to recycle
You should contact your local recycling center about the best way to dispose of each kind.
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