Understand Plastic Recycle Codes
and
Recycle More Plastic Scrap

These pictures of plastic recycle codes should help you to sort out your plastic and recycle as much as possible. All plastic can be recycled but not all local authorities collect it.

It's much better though to re-use plastic scrap rather than recycle it, as it uses less energy!

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P.E.T.
polyethylene Terepthalate

Usually recycled by your kerbside collection or at the local recycle centre.
This plastic recyle code is commonly used to label fizzy drinks bottles, shampoo bottles and oven-ready meal trays.

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HDPE
High Density Polyethylene

Again this is usually recycled by your kerbside collection or local recycle centre.
This symbol is commonly found on milk cartons and washing up liquid bottles.

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Polyvinyl Chloride
Not widely recycled but use the Recycle Bank Locator to find out if there is a bank near you.
This plastic recycle symbol is mostly used on food trays, cling film and squash bottles.

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LDPE
Low Density Polyethylene

Not widely recycled but use the Recycle Bank Locator to find out if there is a bank near you.
This code appears mainly on carrier bags and bin liners.

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Polypropylene
Again this is not widely recycled but use the Recycle Bank Locator to check if there is a bank near you.This symbol appears on margarine tubs and microwaveable meal trays.

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PS
Polystyrene

Not widely recycled but use the Recycle Bank Locator to check if there is a bank near you.
This code appears on yoghurt pots, foam meat trays, egg cartons, vending cups and packaging.

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Other
Any other plastics are labelled with this code which includes melamine and multimaterials.
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