Recycling is becoming more important every day for many reasons, including the benefits for the environment, reducing landfill waste, saving energy, and money. Plastic recycling is a cost efficient procedure, as it costs much less than creating it from scratch. Understanding the purpose of each type of recycled plastic and where it comes from is very important to attaining the maximum benefit of recycled plastic.
With plastics being increasingly used daily, they are becoming one of the most common rubbish items in Australia, including bottles, containers, packets, and other daily products. Some of these items are threats to wildlife and marine life, so recycling plastic definitely has a positive impact on the environment.
Australians Use 1.3 Million Tons Of Plastic Each Year. While We Are Great Recyclers, A Huge Amount Of Our Waste Ends Up In Landfill, Which Harms Our Environment, As Most Plastic In Not Biodegradable.
PET is the #1 recycled plastic worldwide, with Australians buying and using plastic products every day including soft drink and fruit juice bottles. The marine waste as a result of PET could be killing sea birds and mammals.
PET plastic recycling could save the environment and Australian wildlife, as well as saving energy through proper recycling cycles. It is estimated that the energy saved through bottle recycling of a single drink bottle made of plastic could power a computer device for up to 25 minutes.
In 1977, the first PET bottle was recycled. PET can be recycled more than once. Recycled PET is also seen in many products that we use on a daily basis, including bottles (food & non-food), packaging cups, disposable containers, and fiberfill.
This is the type of plastic that makes up the heavier containers including laundry detergent bottles, milk, shampoo bottles, and other heavy containers such as Tupperware.
HDPE recycling has many benefits, including helping workplace safety by reducing of fire hazards through elimination of excess storage of waste.
HDPE does not readily absorb liquid, making it good barrier material and suitable for liquid containers. It is also extremely resistant to many chemicals. Recycled HDPE is used in pipe fittings, plastic shopping bags, trash cans, toys, and many other products used in everyday life.
LDPE is a thermoplastic made from monomer ethylene. It is tough, yet also flexible & breakable. It is the kind of transparent plastic found in shrink wrap, clear plastic bags, frozen food bags, and squeezable bottles (such as honey & ketchup). It’s also oil and chemical resistant.
As LDPE is heated, it becomes viscous & gummy, turning more mobile as the temperature increases. IDPE plastic recycling can be used in furniture, paneling, packaging, grocery bags, garbage can liners, shipping envelopes, and has many other applications.