Plastic recycling is the process of recovering scrap or waste plastic and reprocessing the material into useful products. Since plastic is non-biodegradable, recycling it is a part of global efforts to reduce plastic in the waste stream, especially the approximately eight million metric tonnes of waste plastic that enter the Earth's ocean every year. This helps to reduce the high rates of plastic pollution.
Plastic recycling includes taking any type of plastic sorting it into different polymers and then chipping it and then melting it down into pellets after this stage it can then be used to make items of any kind such as plastic chairs and tables.
We recycle the following types of plastic:
- PET/PETE (polyethylene terephthalate),
- HDPE (high-density polyethylene),
- LDPE (low-density polyethylene),
- PP (polypropylene)
PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is an incredibly sophisticated plastic most commonly used to manufacture bottled-water and cool-drink packaging. But after it’s been used, PET can be recycled into many new and useful products, including being turned back into bottles. It’s too valuable to be thrown in with the rubbish.
Recyclable PET Products include: Cold-drink Bottles, Preserved Fruit Bottles, Washing Liquid Bottles, Mineral Water Bottles.
HDPE (High Density PolyEthylene) is a thermoplastic prepared from ethylene by a catalytic process toward blow-molded containers such as milk jugs, juice containers, detergent bottles, motor oil bottles, trash bins, etc. That is nearly one third of HDPE’s annual production worldwide.
Recyclable HDPE Products include: Milk Bottles, Certain Bags, Film, Juice Bottles, Shampoo Bottles
LDPE (Low Density PolyEthylene) is a thermoplastic derived from petroleum used mainly in the plastic bag and film industry. LDPE is 100% recyclable.
LDPE Products include: Frozen Vegetable bags, Grocery Bags, Milk Sachets, Soft Bottles, Thin packaging (bread, newspaper, dry cleaning, sandwich bags), Plastic film (ie., cling wrap), Squeeze bottles, Six pack rings (for sodas) etc.
PP (Polypropylene) is a thermoplastic manufactured from propylene gas in presence of a catalyst (such as titanium chloride). A common use of PP is in food containers. PP is naturally BPA free and has a high melting point making it dishwasher and microwave safe. Due to its resistance to fatigue, most hinge type products are also made from PP (such as flip-top bottles, lock&lock Tupperware, etc.) PP is often used for storage containers such as Rubbermaid and Sterilite containers. Many stationary products such as plastic folders, notebook covers, paper protectors, storage boxes are also made from PP. These products are made through the plastic extrusion process. PP is 100% recyclable.
Recyclable PP Products include: Bottle Tops and Closures, Yogurt Cups, margarine Tubs, Ice-cream Containers