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Plastic ID Code / Plastic Bottle Properties

There are 7 different groups of plastics. Each group has its own Plastic Identification Code.

Although many types of plastics can be recycled, at the moment the only household plastic waste is recycled. All plastic bottles can be recycled except brown drink bottles, such as those used to hold beer. These bottles need several types of plastic to keep the beer fresh, which makes recycling difficult.

  Polyethylene Terephthalate
(PET)
High Density Polyethylene
(HDPE)
Polyvinyl Chloride
(PVC)
Low Density Polyethylene
(LDPE)
Polypropylene
(PP)
Polystyrene
(PS)
Plastic ID Code PETE HDPE PVC LDPE PP PS
Clarity Clear Translucent Clear Translucent Translucent Clear
Moisture Barrier Fair to Good Good to Excellent Fair Good Good to Excellent Poor to Fair
Oxygen Barrier Good Poor Good Poor Poor Fair
Max. Temperature 120F 145F 140F 120F 165F 150F
Rigidity (Stiffness) Moderate to High Moderate Moderate to High Low Moderate to High Moderate to High
Resistance to Impact Good to Excellent Good to Excellent Fair to Good Excellent Poor to Good Poor to Good
Resistance to Heat Poor to fair Good Poor to Fair Fair Good Fair
Resistance to Cold Good Excellent Fair Excellent Poor to Fair Poor
Resistance to Sunlight Good Fair Poor to Good Fair Fair Poor to Fair

Recycle LOGO -- OthersRemark:

Plastic ID Code "7" is for the other plastics except above mentioned 6 groups.

If the container is manufactured using a blend of plastics, eg two or more plastics (PET and any other polymer), the container should be identified 7.

 
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