PET can be semi-rigid to rigid, depending on its thickness, and it is very lightweight. It is considered among the safest plastics used and can be found everywhere. For example, soft drink bottles and food containers.
HDPE is a polyethylene thermoplastic made from petroleum. Most commonly used in milk jugs, watering cans, folding tables/chairs, and containers. Also used for industrial chemicals and to manufacture grocery bags.
PVC or polyvinyl is commonly considered the most damaging of all plastics. PVC releases carcinogenic dioxins when manufactured or incinerated so it’s best to avoid when possible. PVC can be found in pipes and fittings, packaging sheets, carpet backing, etc…construction market.
This is another good and safe recyclable plastic. Most commonly found in grocery bags, stretch and shrink wrap, and tote bags.
PP is a thermoplastic polymer used for a variety of packaging and durable item applications including stationery, plastic parts, and reusable containers of various types.
This is used for both packaging and durable items including foams. Items include “to go” boxes, clothes hangers, toys, automotive parts, disposable plates, cups and take-out containers. Foam-based items are difficult to recycle.
This plastic recycling code indicates that the labeled item in question is made of a plastic other than the six listed above, or is made of more than one listed above. Many durable products are in this category.