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Guide to Plastics

Guide to Plastics

PET | HDPE | PVC | LDPE | PP | PS | Other
Reconditioned | Regrind | Virgin Resin

Types

Symbol

Attributes

Common Uses

Polyethylene Terephthalate
PET
PET
PET containers are often clear, but can be dyed different colors, such as green, amber and blue. These are typically used in food and beverage bottles, has a high impact resistance level.
Soda bottles and water bottles.
High-Density Polyethylene
HDPE
HDPE
HDPE containers are known for their strength and versatility. Natural, a frosted translucent finish (much like milk jugs) is HDPE’s clearest state. It has fairly good impact and chemical resistance.
Pails, drums, shampoo bottles and detergent bottles.
Polyvinyl Chloride
PVC
PVC
PVC containers are often clear, usually with a streaky finish. These containers have a fairly good chemical resistance and can be durable for long periods of time. Certain containers are also excellent for hot fill applications.
Pinch jars, oblong containers, pipes and clothing.
Low-Density Polyethylene
LDPE
LDPE
LDPE is known for its squeezable and malleable feel, which works well for droppers and dispensing applications. Natural, a frosted translucent finish (much like milk jugs) is LDPE’s clearest state. LDPE containers tend to be fairly tough to break.
Eye dropper bottles, produce bags, dry cleaning bags and cosmetic bottles.
Polypropylene
PP
PP
PP is a versatile plastic used in many industries. It features good chemical and impact resistance. Some PP can be used for hot fill applications due to its high temperature tolerance.
Plastic caps, plastic paint cans and food tubs.
Polystyrene
PS
PS
PS is a clear and inflexible plastic. It also has low impact resistance. PS is commonly used in mass produced products such as disposable containers and cutlery.
Plastic cutlery, some disposable plastic cups, jars, produce trays and plastic carry-out containers.
Other
Other
OTHER
Other covers other plastics such as polylactic acid, acrylic, polycarbonate, nylon, and mixtures of different plastics.
Safety equipment, industrial bottles and more.

Types of Plastic Conditions

Reconditioned
Recon Drum
The same product and structure, restored to function as the same use Ex: Reconditioned drums and IBCs.
Regrind
regrind paint can
Product is made up of ground up plastic that has been used previously, then ground up and made into something entirely new. This will almost always be black. Ex: Regrind pails and paint cans.
Virgin Resin
PET Bottle
Created with new and previously unused resin. This is the only type that can be FDA Approved for food contact. Ex: All PET bottles with food items in supermarkets.

Important Information: This information has been provided as a general guide. It is the customer’s responsibility to select the proper container for product and application compatibility.