Technical Advancements are continuously being made to produce better recyclable products with the clarity & barrier properties of conventional plastics. Our products are constantly evolving to offer innovative solutions for brand owners.
- Recyclable plastic helps to create a circular economy
- Recycling, even once, drastically reduces the environmental impact of a product.
- The time to landﬁll is extended, depending on the subsequent uses of the original materials.
- TREX is a perfect example of the “next life” usage of a recyclable plastic.
- Only “mono-material” plastics can be recycled. This is because the separation of multiple layers of diﬀerent resins is either impossible, or cost & labour prohibitive. Many plastic products today are comprised of 5 to 7 layers
- A plastic can only be recycled a few times, before its properties start to deteriorate
- Plastic recycling is not widely supported in North America yet, and there is little market value at this point.
- Currently only 9% of plastics are being recycled
Types & Uses
Demystifying Plastics Symbols
Below is a list of recycling symbols, and what each number represents. Three arrows in a triangle means that the item is capable of being recycled. The numbers and letters act as identiﬁcation for the recycling teams. Plastics are classiﬁed into one of seven categories, each one a diﬀerent material that is more or less easy to recycle.
1 = PET, Polyethylene Terephthalate, and is widely recycled.
2 = HDPE, High-Density Polyethylene, and is also widely recycled.
3 = PVC, Polyvinyl Chloride, and is capable of being recycled but harder to do so, so check with your local authority.
4 = LDPE, Low-Density Polyethylene, also capable of being recycled, but check with your local authority.
5 = PP, Polypropylene, hard or not possible to recycle, so try to reuse or avoid it. PP is used in tupperware, disposable cups, and some food containers.
6 = PS, Polystyrene or Styrofoam, hard or not possible to recycle, so try to reuse or avoid it. PS is used in disposable coﬀee cups, plastic cutlery and packing foam.
7 = other. This is usually a mish mash of lots of diﬀerent plastics and is pretty tricky to recycle.