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Plastic Recycling Codes

Code Material Characteristics Common Uses
Polyethylene Terephalate

PET
Clear, tough, solvent resistant, often used as a fibre. Carbonated soft drink bottles, pillow and sleeping bag filling, textile fibres.
High Density Polyethylene

HDPE
Hard to semi-flexible, waxy surface, opaque, melts at 135°C. Crinkly shopping bags, freezer bags, milk bottles, bleach bottles, buckets, rigid agricultural pipe, milk crates.

Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride

UPVC

Plasticised Polyvinyl Chloride

PPV PPVC

Hard, rigid, can be clear.
Can be solvent welded

Flexible, clear, elastic, can be solvent welded.

Electrical conduit, plumbing pipes and fittings, blister packs, clear cordial band fruit juice bottles.

Garden Hose, shoe soles, cable sheathing, blood bags and tubing, watch straps.

Low Density Polyethylene

LDPE

Soft flexible, waxy surface, translucent, melts at 80°C, scratches easily.

Garbage bags, squeeze bottles, black irrigation tube, black mulch film, garbage bins.

Polypropylene

PP

Hard but still flexible, waxy surface, melts at 145°C, translucent, withstands solvents. Very versatile material with many applications.

Potato crisp bags, drinking straws, microwave ware, plastic kettles, plastic garden settings baby baths, plastic hinged lunch boxes.

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