When it comes to recyclable materials, plastics take the prize for being the largest and most harmful culprit. Unlike other materials, plastics retain no properties or characteristics of the natural materials that are used to produce them. If plastics are thrown away to landfills rather than recycling them, they can take up to 500 years to decompose. While plastic bottles and bags make up a large percentage of unrecycled plastics, there is still a large amount from the commercial and industrial sector that goes unrecycled.
To put recycling plastics into perspective from an energy standpoint, recycling one ton saves 685 gallons of oil and requires 88% less energy than producing plastics from raw materials. Not only does recycling plastics make sense from an economic standpoint but also from an environmental standpoint. Still, less than 30% of all plastics are recycled in the United States each year.
There are seven standard classifications that plastics fall into, and they are as follows:
- PETE- Polyethylene Terephthalate
- HDPE- High-density Polyethylene
- PVC- Polyvinyl Chloride
- LDPE- Low-density Polyethylene
- PP- Polypropylene
- PS- Polystyrene
- Other- Acrylic, polycarbonate, polylactic, fibers, nylon, fiberglass
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