Is HDPE or High-Density PolyEthylene Recyclable?
High-density polyethylene, termed in manufacturing industries as HDPE, is seen in far too many uses to list here, but rest assured it’s one of the most common plastics in production and use in the States. The other common label for this type of plastic is simply “#2” — and some of the often seen uses include plastic bottles and bags, like Zip-Loc brand sandwich baggies. Also used in recycled plastic furniture, HDPE can be used for some kind of facial and skeletal reconstruction plastic surgery. Is it recyclable though?
“High-density polyethylene (HDPE) or polyethylene high-density (PEHD) is a polyethylene thermoplastic made from petroleum. It takes 1.75 kilograms of petroleum (in terms of energy and raw materials) to make one kilogram of HDPE. HDPE is commonly recycled, and has the number ‘2’ as its recycling symbol. In 2007, the global HDPE market reached a volume of more than 30 million tons.”
More information on recycling plastics and HDPE products at Wastecare Corporation.
Information from Perennial Park Products on HDPE plastic and recycling.
So is it recyclable? YES! HDPE is actually the MOST RECYCLED PLASTIC!
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