||polyethylene terephthalate PET
||Clear, tough, solvent resistant, often used as a fibre.
||Carbonated soft drink bottles, fruit juice bottles, pillow and sleeping bag filling, textile fibres.
||Soft drink bottles, disinfectant bottles, detergent bottles, scoops, laminated sheeting, reinforced glass sheets, clear film for packaging, textile fabrics.|
||high density polyethylene
||Hard to semi-flexible, waxy surface, opaque, melts at 135C
||Crinkly shopping bags, freezer bags, milk bottles, bleach bottles, buckets, rigit agricultural pipe, milk crates.
||Compost bins, mesh, detergent bottles, crates, garden edging, industrial bags, pipes, plumbing fittings, household bags, irrigation pipes, oil containers, pallets, kerbside recycling containers.|
||unplasticised polyvinyl chloride UPVIC
||Hard, rigid, can be clear, can be solvent welded
||Electrical conduit, plumbing pipes and fittings, blister packs, clear cordial and fruit juice bottles.
||Detergent bottles, ducting for electrical cables, hoses, road cone bases, drainage pipes.|
||plasticised polyvinyl chloride PPVC
||Flexible, flear, elastic, can be solvent welded
||Garden hose, shoe soles, cable sheathing, blood bags & tubing, watch straps.|
||low density polyethylene LDPE
||Soft, flexible, waxy surface, translucent, melts at 80C, scratches easily
||Garbage bags, squeeze bottles, black irrigation tube, black mulch film, garbage bins.
||Builder's film, carry bags, household bags, industrial bags and film, plant nursery film.|
||Hard but still flexible, waxy surface, melts at 145C, translucent, withstands solvents. Very versatile material with many applications.
||Potato crisp bags, drinking straws, microwave ware, plastic kettles, plastic garden settings, baby baths, plastic hinged lunch boxes, butter and icecream containers.
||Compost bins, crates, garden edging, kerbside recycling containers, worm factories.|
||Clear, glassy, rigid, brittle, opaque, semi-tough, melts at 95C. Affected by fats and solvents.
||Yoghurt containers, plastic cutlery, imitation crystal "glassware", low cost brittle toys.
||Clothes pegs, coat hangers, office accessories, spools, rulers, video and CD boxes|
||expanded polystyrene EPS
||Foamed, light weight, energy absorbing, thermal insulation.
||Foamed polystyrene hot drink cups, hamburger take-away clamshells, foamed meat trays. Protective packaging for fragile items.|