Know all about Recyclable Plastic

Plastic containers carry a small triangle at the bottom. Find out what it means. In its original form, the symbols used as part of the RIC consisted of arrows that cycle clockwise to form a triangle that encloses a number. The number broadly refers to the type of plastic used in the product: “1” signifies that the product is made out of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) (beverage bottles, cups, other packaging, etc.) “2” signifies high-density polyethylene (HDPE) (bottles, cups, milk jugs, etc.) “3” signifies polyvinyl chloride (PVC) (pipes, siding, flooring, etc.) “4” signifies low-density polyethylene (LDPE) (plastic bags, six-pack rings, tubing, etc.) “5” signifies polypropylene (PP) (auto parts, industrial fibres, food containers, etc.) “6” signifies polystyrene (PS) (plastic utensils, Styrofoam, cafeteria trays, etc.) “7” signifies other plastics, such as acrylic, nylon, polycarbonate and polylactic acid (PLA).

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