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Plastic Scrap

Plastics are everywhere these days, and disposable plastic containers make up a huge amount of the trash the average person throws away each day. These plastics are often not very biodegradable and break down into toxins that can seep into the earth and groundwater. Fortunately, recycling can keep those plastics out of landfills and reduce the amount of new materials spent on a variety of objects. You can identify recyclable plastic by the recycling triangle symbol which can usually be found imprinted somewhere on the bottom of a bottle with a numbered and lettered abbreviation to label its type.

PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate):
It is most often used for soft drink bottles, water bottles, plastic beer bottles, plastic peanut butter jars, salad dressing and vegetable oil bottles and food trays. When recycled it gets made into polar fleece, tote bags, furniture, carpet and new beverage containers.

HDPE (high density polyethylene):
It is used in milk and juice jugs, cleaning product bottles, yogurt tubs, some trash bags and cereal box liners. Recycled back into bottles, pens and building materials.

V (Vinyl) or PVC:
It is found on some window cleaner, detergent and shampoo bottles, as well as clear food packaging, siding, windows, piping and medical equipment. Occasionally recycled by plastic lumber makers back into building materials.

LDPE (low density polyethylene):
Recycling on squeeze bottles and plastic shopping, dry cleaning or bread bags. Recycled into trash can liners, shipping envelopes, and lumber.

PP (polypropylene):
It comes in straws, some yogurt containers, syrup and ketchup bottles, pill bottles, and caps. Turned into rakes, brooms, batteries and trays.

PS (polystyrene):
It is used for disposable plates and cups, compact disc cases, egg cartons, carry-out containers, and aspirin bottles. Recycled into foam packaging, insulation and more egg cartons and carry-out containers.

It includes multi-gallon water bottles, 'bullet-proof' materials, sunglasses, DVDs, iPod cases, nylon. Not often recycled, but sometimes turned into lumber.