Definitions of Plastic packaging APR recycle

There is a wide range of plastic packaging that APR recycle. To make sorting and thus recycling easier, the American Society of Plastics Industry developed a standard marking code to help consumers identify and sort the main types of plastic for recycling. These types of plastic packaging and their most common uses are shown below:

Type Abbreviation Description
Polyethylene terephthalate PET Fizzy drink bottles and oven-ready meal trays. APR recycle PET in many forms, packaging etc.
High-density polyethylene HDPE Bottles for milk and washing-up liquids. APR recycle HDPE mouldings, packaging and many other forms.
Polyvinyl chloride PVC Food trays, cling film, bottles for squash, mineral water and shampoo. APR recycle PVC in some forms and types.
Low density polyethylene LDPE Carrier bags and bin liners. APR recycle LDPE packaging, moulding, bottle and baled waste.
Polypropylene PP Margarine tubs, microwaveable meal trays. APR recycle PP bottles, mouldings, sheet and baled waste.
Polystyrene PS Yoghurt pots, foam meat or fish trays, hamburger boxes and egg cartons, vending cups, plastic cutlery, protective packaging for electronic goods and toys. APR recycle PS in all forms, containers, mouldings, packaging and sheet.
OTHER OTHER Any other plastics that do not fall into any of the above categories.
An example is melamine, which is often used in plastic plates and cups.
APR recycle other many other types of plastics such as nylon, PC, ABS and more.

APR are willing to help in identifying the the types of plastic packaging you wish to recycle.

If you have questions regarding these definitions, please contact us.