7 Types of Plastics

Polyethylene Terephthalate

Food, beverage and household goods packaging e.g. water, soft drink, juices, sauces, peanut butter, cleaners, personal products and medicines. Recycled PETs can be used to manufacture many products, including soft items like fabrics for t-shirts, bags, and carpets

High Density
Polyethylene

Used where a more rigid container is needed
e.g. large beverage jugs and bottles, detergents and bleach,
bottle caps

Polyvinyl
Chloride

PVC is in thousands of household goods, from shoes to flooring tiles, electrical wiring, shower curtains, pipes, paints, gallon bottles.
Can be made flexible or very rigid

Low Density
Polyethylene

Grocery bags, cling wrap and covers for containers such as margarine tubs

Polypropylene

Sometimes translucent, often used in takeaway containers and food packaging e.g. yogourt and egg containers. Longerlasting than PETs, it can be found in household and office products such as Tupperware, furniture, small appliances such as kettles, pails, wastebaskets, folders, boxes, car parts such as filters, ropes. A hard plastic with a higher melting point than PETs. Thus it can be used to make dishwashersafe dishes, for example.

Polystyrene

Styrofoam: Food packaging e.g. take-away boxes and egg cartons, beverage cups Polystyrene (non-foamed): electrical switches, appliance parts, plastic cutlery.

Any Other
Plastics

cd’s, 5 gallon water bottles