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About 6% by weight of our household waste is made up of 'hard' plastics, most of which is recyclable but will be consigned to landfill sites.

Plastics use 4% of the World's oil as feedstock and 3 to 4% during manufacture.

There is usually a recycle mark somewhere on the plastic to denote what type it is:

BLIMEE! WHAT DOES ALL THAT MEAN?
Well, plastics come in many types, each suited to a different task.

Type Name
Uses
Recycled uses include ...
PET Polyethylene terephthalate
Fizzy drink bottles and oven-ready meal trays
Deli and bakery trays, carpets, clothing and textiles
HDPE High density polyethylene
Bottles for milk and washing-up liquids
Bottles for laundry products, recycling bins, agricultural pipe, bags, engine oil bottles, decking and marine pilings

V
(PVC)

Polyvinyl chloride
Food trays, bottles for squash, mineral water and shampoo
Playground equipment, film and air-bubble cushioning
LDPE Low density polyethylene
Carrier bags and bin liners
Bags, shrink film and compost bins
PP Polypropylene
Margarine tubs, microwaveable meal trays
Automobile parts, carpets, battery casings, textiles, industrial fibres and films used for packaging products such as sweets
PS Polystyrene
Yoghurt pots, foam meat trays, hamburger boxes and egg cartons, vending cups, protective packaging for electronic goods and toys
Office accessories, video cassettes and cases

 

 

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