As one of the most affordable, lightest, and most durable materials on our planet, plastic is used in many applications. They play a tremendous role in making our daily life enjoyable. Every year more than 100 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide. They are foamed, laminated, drawn in, and extruded in countless packages and products. In addition to the tremendous benefits that plastics offer, responsible recovery and recycling are also important. Let's come to an understanding of plastic recycling.

What is plastic recycling?

It is the process of waste plastic recycling and turning it into a functional and useful product. The goal of plastic recycling is to eliminate plastic contamination by removing plastic from the oceans and landfills while conserving resources. The amazing thing is that plastic recycling requires 88% less energy than plastic production. In addition, recycling plastic bottles can produce 100W light bulbs, enough energy for one hour.

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Types of plastic that can be recycled:

  • Polystyrene: This plastic can include containers, plastic cutlery, and foam hot drink cups.
  • Polypropylene: This is usually food containers, lunch boxes, food containers for export, ice cream containers.
  • Low-density polyethylene: This can be trash cans and bags.
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC): Its uses can be found in pipes, cables, blood bags, and tubes.
  • High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE): Almost all shampoo and milk bottles are manufactured of HDPE.
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET): PET is often used in water bottles and soft drink bottles.

Plastic recycling process:

There are many methods of recycling plastic and each is based on the type of plastic or the type of plastic product. However, some of the simplest plastic recycling processes are as follows:

  • Collection
  • Sorting
  • Shredding
  • Washing
  • Melting
  • Pelletization