The following table illustrates the most common types of plastics used, their applications and the symbol which is often used to identify them on forms of plastic packaging.
|Polymer Types||Examples of applications||Symbol|
|Fizzy drink and water bottles. Salad trays.|
|High Density |
|Milk bottles, bleach, cleaners and most |
|Pipes, fittings, window and door frames |
(rigid PVC). Thermal insulation (PVC foam)
and automotive parts.
|Low Density |
|Carrier bags, bin liners and packaging films.|
|Polypropylene||Margarine tubs, microwaveable meal trays, also produced as fibres and filaments for carpets, wall coverings and vehicle |
|Polystyrene||Yoghurt pots, foam hamburger boxes and egg cartons, plastic cutlery, protective packaging for electronic goods and toys. Insulating material in the building and construction industry.|
|Unallocated References||Any other plastics that do not fall into any of the above categories - for example polycarbonate which is often used in glazing for the aircraft industry|
If you are having difficulty identifying your plastic waste please contact:
- The supplier of the material.
- Call the WRAP helpline on 0808 100 2040 or email
- Or visit Recoup at www.recoup.org