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What types of plastics can be recycled

Plastics, like tastes and colors, there are a few and very different among them. But not all of them can be recycled.

The resin they are made of is marked with the Plastic Identification Code or RIC; that is, a number that serves to identify the type of material and a series of letters corresponding to the acronym of the type of plastic polymer.

There are seven different types of plastics; those marked from 1 to 6 are recyclable, a business and human attitude that we at Juypal are committed to.

We are specialists in reducing, reusing and recycling plastic products. Our objective: the preservation of the environment.

Sorting the different types of plastic for recycling

What plastics can be recycled? We list them below:

1) PET or PETE (or what is the same: Polyethylene Terephthalate) This is one of the most commonly used oil derivatives in homes and businesses. Many bottles of water, soft drinks and other beverages are made from this material.

2) PE-HD or HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) It is also very present in containers and packaging for dairy products, juices, shampoos, perfumes, detergents…

3) PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) This type of plastic is somewhat toxic and is very often used for packaging non-food products and in the manufacture of pipes or vinyl records.

4) LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) Freezer bags or small cans that can be crushed because of the dense content they contain (especially sauces) have as a common element the material they are made of

5) PP (Polypropylene) The automotive industry and the construction sector are making great demands on this type of plastic, which can be found, for example, in the housings of car batteries or in funnels for diesel fuel.

6) PS (Polystyrene) This is also a widely used plastic, especially in cups, plates, trays or take-away containers.

How plastic is recycled and what it is used for

It should be borne in mind that there are two families when it comes to knowing how to recycle plastic.

On the one hand, thermoplastics, which are easily recyclable because they melt when heated. This allows them to be moulded as many times as desired without their properties being excessively altered. In this category we include LDPE, HDPE, PP, PET, PVC, PS, EPS and PC type plastics.

Otherwise, there is the family of thermoset plastics. These resins are more complicated to recycle, because they are made of polymers with chains that are chemically linked. It is necessary to break their molecular structure in order to melt the plastics.

So, what do you have to do to recycle a plastic? It will depend on its type of structure to act accordingly.

In Juypal we are very clear about the importance of recycling in our way of working. That is why we prioritize the creation and manufacture of eco-friendly products, following quality, design and sustainability parameters.

We offer our customers our best solutions at this time, based on our long experience in the markets and their growing sensitivity to the environment.

All our products are manufactured with reusable plastic, without chemicals (such as BPA) that can be harmful to humans, with the idea of being able to enjoy and take care of our planet at the same time.