TIT-BITS ON PLASTIC CONTAINERS

 

Plastic Containers are some of the most important items that barely get the attention they deserve. You will find them being used in a variety of places from industries for packaging to households to store water. They are essential components of today’s consumer products. If you are seeking to choose a plastic container, it is important to know the different types. Each plastic has a code number (SPI code) placed at the bottom. It gives you an insight on whether the container is recyclable or not.

 

TYPES OF PLASTICS

 

  1. POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE (PET).

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They are marked with SPI code 1.Thye are mostly made from recycled materials and are known to absorb flavors and odors. They are used to make butter jars, medicine bottles, and vinyl carpets.

 

  1. HIGH-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE (HDPE)

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They are marked with SPI code 2.These types of plastics do not leak flavors and colors. They are used to make shampoos containers, milk containers, soap bottles and other sensitive consumer products. They are also used to make a majority of toys used by Kids. They are also used to make plastic fences and soda crates in their recycled form.

 

  1. POLYVINYL CHLORIDE (PVC)

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It is marked SPI code 3.It is mostly used to make plumbing materials like Pipes and tiles. It is known to many as harmful if it comes into contact with food. When recycled, it is used to make industrial grade items.

 

  1. LOW-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE (LDPE)

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It is marked SPI code 4.It is the most common plastic and is also the most widely used. It makes highly durable and flexible containers and is the least harmful of all the plastics. It is recycled to make most of the plastics seen around the house.

 

  1. POLYPROPYLENE (PP)

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It is marked as SPI code 5.It is the least recycled and used to make strong containers. It makes most types of boxes including stadium cups. Its recycled form is used to make plastic bottle caps and ice scrappers.

 

  1. POLYSTYRENE (PS)

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It is marked SPI code 6.It is commonly known as Styrofoam. It is very inefficient to recycle and is used mostly for disposable purposes like packing foam and disposable cutlery and plastic food boxes. If and when recycled, it makes good rulers and license plates.

 

  1. OTHERS

 

They are marked SPI code 7.They include most forms of polycarbonate and polylactide plastics. The best example in this category is the Compact disk. They are the most difficult to recycle.

 

Plastics are also notoriously difficult to clean when dirty. The secret lies in knowing which chemicals to use to clean different types. Chemicals like rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, and bleach are best used to remove most types of food stains. White vinegar is used to clean most kitchen plastics. Baking soda paste will remove any oily stain. Lemon too can clean off oil but requires one to leave the container in direct sunlight for two days.

 

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