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Learning More about Plastics - Cappadona

  1. 1. Bob Cappadona Learning More About Plastics
  2. 2. #1 and #2 Plastics <ul><li>Plastic #1 is PETE –(Polyethylene Terephthalate)- water bottles-soda bottles-sports drink bottles </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic #2 is HDPE –(High density Polyethylene)- a typical example of Natural is milk jugs and a typical example of Colored is laundry detergent bottles </li></ul>
  3. 3. # 3 Plastics <ul><ul><li>Plastics with the #3 symbol are made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>#3 plastics are now limited within the market due to the fact that during the mill process odors can be an issue. </li></ul><ul><li>#3 plastics visually are similar to PET –shampoo bottles and cleaning products were previously made with # 3 plastics, but now are converting to PET because of the potential odor issue. </li></ul>
  4. 4. # 4 Plastics <ul><li>Number 4 Plastic LDPE- (Low Density Polyethylene) </li></ul><ul><li>When buying your package of water bottles the film around the package is most often plastic #4. </li></ul><ul><li>Or possibly the cover to your Cool Whip container…did you know that the cover of a container is sometimes made of a different type of plastic than the actual container itself? </li></ul>
  5. 5. #5 Plastics <ul><li>Plastic #5 is known as Polypropylene </li></ul><ul><li>This plastic is most commonly used for yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles, caps, straws, plastic cups, and medicine bottles. </li></ul>
  6. 6. #6 Plastics <ul><li>Number 6 Plastic (Polystyrene) aka Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS). </li></ul><ul><li>The products made of #6 </li></ul><ul><li>plastics could include plastic cups, </li></ul><ul><li>CD/DVD cases, as well as </li></ul><ul><li>Styrofoam packaging. </li></ul>
  7. 7. # 7 Plastics <ul><ul><li>Plastic #7 is Polycarbonate. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plastic #7 is often the container of choice for 3-5 gallon plastic water jugs, baby bottles, reusable water bottles, and Tupperware. </li></ul><ul><li># 7 plastics is often used in combination with a higher grade plastic, like a #2 plastic to make such items as an orange juice container which has a nylon barrier inside the container. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Other items <ul><li>Aseptic containers- juice boxes & milk cartons </li></ul><ul><li>Clamshells- clear food containers can be a variety of different #’s of plastics. </li></ul><ul><li>Black plastic trays- commonly used for microwavable trays. Big push to convert to paper trays. </li></ul><ul><li>Planters- most commonly are #5 plastics, some can be made of rigid plastics. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Most Importantly….. <ul><li>Did you know that 96% of all bottles are made of #1 & #2 plastics and we recycle less than 30% of those in the States… </li></ul>

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