When you commit to collecting for a PlastX job, it's important that you ONLY collect the kind of plastic that has been requested.

But there are many different kinds of plastic in the environment.

This guide will help you understand the difference, so you'll ALWAYS be able to collect the RIGHT stuff!

Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET (or PETE)

PET is

  • Semi-rigid

  • Lightweight

  • Tough

  • Clear or Coloured

it's often used for

  • Soft drink bottles

  • Water bottles

  • Food containers

  • Salad domes

if you're collecting PET, look for...

These drink bottles

These clear salad domes

But not these household cleaning bottles

But not these burger boxes

PET is easily identified by the internationally recognised code (1)

If you're not sure, look for this symbol:

to learn more about PET, click here

High-Density Polyethylene

HDPE

HDPE is

  • Strong and dense

  • Semi-flexible to hard

  • White or coloured

  • Translucent - not transparent

it's often used for

  • Milk or juice bottles

  • Bottles for cleaning products

  • Shampoo bottles

  • Ice cream containers

  • Crates

if you're collecting HDPE, look for...

These milk cartons

These crates

But NOT these drink bottles

But NOT these drinking straws

HDPE is easily identified by the internationally recognised code (2)

If you're not sure, look for this symbol:

to learn more about HDPE, click here

Polypropylene

PP

PP is

  • Hard 

  • Flexible

  • Translucent

  • Waxy Surface

it's often used for

  • Bottle screw caps

  • Straws

  • Food containers

  • Flower pots

if you're collecting PP, look for...

These bottle CAPS

But NOT the bottles

These drinking STRAWS

But NOT the cups

PP is easily identified by the internationally recognised code (5)

If you're not sure, look for this symbol:

to learn more about PP, click here
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