Why are so many types of plastic manufactured? All the different types make it the hardest recyclable to take in to a center.



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    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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