APES Plastic Recycling Codes

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What does PET stand for?
Polyethylene Terephthalate
What code is PET?
code one
What are the common items that are made from code one plastic?
platic bottles (soft drink, single use water bottles, sport drinks), food jars, cosmetic containers
What is ther recycling rate for code one plastics?
23%
Are there any recommendations for code one plastics?
Designed for single use only. Extended use increases risk of leaching and bacterial growth.
What does HDPE stand for?
High density polyethlyene
What code is HDPE?
code two
What are the common items that are made from code two plastic?
grocery bags, detergent bottles, milk and juice jugs
What is the recycling rate for code two plastic?
27%
Are there any recommendations for code two plastics?
No. They appear to be safe
What does PVC stand for?
Polyvinyl chloride
What code is PVC?
code three
What are the common items that are made from code three plastic?
Garden hose, cable sheathing, windo frames, blister packs, blood bags, meat wrap.
What is the recycling rate for code three plastics?
<1%
What does LDPE stand for?
Low density Polyethylene
What code is LDPE?
code four
What are the common items made from code four plastic?
Heavy duty bags, drycleaning bags, bread bags, squeezable bottles, plastic food wrap
What is the recycling rate for code four plastics?
<1%
Are there any recommendations for code three plastics?
Avoid them. They are nicknamed the Poison Plastic. They contain many dangerous toxins
Are there any recommendations for code four plastics?
No. They appear to be safe.
What does PP stand for?
Polypropylene
What code is PP?
code five
What are the common items made from code five plastics?
Medicine bottles, cereal liners, packing tape, potato chip bags
Are there any recommendations for code five plastics?
No. They appear to be safe.
What does PS stand for?
Polystyrene
What code is PS?
code six
What are the common items made from code six plastics?
CD and video cases, plasti cutlery, foam packaging, egg cartons
What is the rate of recycling for code six plastics?
<1%
What is the rate of recycling for code five plastics?
3%
What does Other PC stand for?
Polycarbonate
What code is Other PC?
code seven
What are the common items made from code seven plastic?
baby bottles, water cooler bottles, car parts
Are there any recommendations for code six plastics?
Avoid. May leach styrene, a possible human carcinogen. May also be a hormone disruptor.
What is the rate of recycling for code seven plastics?
<1%
Are there any recommendations for code seven plastics?
Caution. Concern with leaching of Bisphenol A, which appears to cause chromosonal damage.
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