Recycling of HDPE is aided by the resin code on the product, which is an indiscriminate number assigned to different plastic polymers to help separate plastics at the recycling stage. The resin identification code for high-density polyethylene is ‘2’.
Pyrex has become the colloquial brand name synonymous with heat-resistant glass cookware. Pyrex and other heat-treated bakeware and kitchen glass cannot be recycled, so if it’s no longer useful in the kitchen, throw it in the trash, or repurpose it. Why Isn’t Heat-Resistant Glass Recyclable? Glass is melted down in the recycling process.
Clearly these two polymers are similar because both are named polyethylene. In fact, LDPE was the first polyethylene to be produced, so it’s sorta like HDPE’s senior cousin, (which always causes problems at the Polymer family get-togethers). But as the names suggests, LDPE has a lower “density” than HDPE.
Orphaned plastic caps. Any loose plastic cap that has lost its container should be placed in the trash bin. Metal caps from glass jars. The top can be recycled as long as it’s placed in the recycling bin separate from the jar. Examples: tops from pasta sauce jars, jam jars, Ball canning jars (rings and discs). Metal bottle caps from glass bottles.
Metals can be recycled repeatedly without altering their properties. According to American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), steel is the most recycled material on the planet. The other highly recycled metals include aluminum, copper, silver, brass, and gold.
Not all glass can be recycled. The following items should not be placed into your recycling bin: Any glass contaminated with stones, dirt, and food waste; Ceramics, such as dishware, ovenware, and decorative items. Heat-resistant glass, such as Pyrex. Mixed colors of broken glass. Mirror or window glass. Metal or plastic caps and lids. Crystal.
What is Cardboard Recycling? Cardboard, also referred to as corrugated cardboard, is a recyclable material that i recycled by small and large scale businesses to save money on waste disposal costs. Cardboard recycling is the reprocessing and reuse of thick sheets or stiff multilayered papers that have been used, discarded or regarded as waste.
Polyethylene Terephthalate, known commonly as PET or PETE is best known as the clear plastic used for water and soda bottle containers. As a raw material, PET is globally recognized as a safe, non-toxic, strong, lightweight, flexible material that is 100% recyclable.
Foamed polystyrene, sometimes incorrectly referred to generically by the brand name Styrofoam, is marked as plastic number 6 on items like foam cups and take-out containers. Fun Fact: The trademarked name Styrofoam, owned by The Dow Chemical Company, actually refers to a unique kind of polystyrene, which is extruded instead of expanded. Extruded polystyrene (XPS) is designed to be used in building materials and is not found in consumer foam cups or take-out containers.
Polypropylene, abbreviated as PP, is a recyclable thermoplastic polymer widely used in many different applications including automotive components, reusable containers of different types, plastic parts, packaging and labeling, loudspeakers, polymer banknotes, stationery, and textiles, including carpets, ropes, and thermal underwear.
Also, recycled polystyrene cannot in most cases be used for products that contact food because of health concerns, even though the material is usually sterilized by the recycling process. Recycled EPS might be used instead to create packaging or other materials, but new EPS is always needed for coffee cups and plates.
Polyvinyl chloride is one of the most widely used plastics worldwide. A major problem in the recycling of polyvinyl chloride is the high chlorine content in raw PVC and high levels of hazardous additives added to the polymer to achieve the desired material quality. As a result, PVC requires separation from other plastics before mechanical recycling.
Staying Flexible On Rigid Plastics This 2009 Plastic Recycling Update article provides a technical assessment of the status of non-bottle rigid plastics recycling. 2012 National Report on Post-Consumer Non-Bottle Rigid Plastic Recycling The 2012 National Postconsumer Recycling Report on Non-Bottle Rigid Plastics is the sixth annual report on U.S. pounds of postconsumer non-bottle rigid plastics—packaging and non-packaging—recovered for recycling.
To my mind, the best way is to store food in containers that can be used several times, I have those for e.g TAKIPACK, CAR901N, 900ml, black base/transparent lid, PET, 1 bag (30 pcs). Wash them and store food again. Of course, it depends on food you have or buy, but in general, it will be more economically effective.