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Plastics 101

Packaging is critical for packaging goods and essentials for everyday life
PROTECTION
PROTECTION FROM
CONTAMINATION
AND DAMAGE
FROM MOISTURE,
GASES, LIGHT,
MICROORGANISMS
AND INSECTS
PRESERVATION
PRESERVING
PRODUCTS
TO LAST LONGER
WHICH GIVES PEOPLE
MORE TIME
TO USE OR
CONSUME THEM
PREVENTS WASTE
PRODUCTS
ARE KEPT INTACT
AND SPILLS
ARE AVOIDED
WITH PROPER
PACKAGING
TRANSPORTATION
EFFICIENT TRANSPORT
OVER LONG DISTANCES
ENCOURAGES TRADE
AND STACKABLE
PACKAGING
SAVES SPACE
DISPLAYS INFORMATION
IMPORTANT
INFORMATION
IS DISPLAYED
SUCH AS NUTRITIONAL
CONTENT,
ALLERGY WARNINGS
AND EXPIRATION DATES
BRAND RECOGNITION
BRANDS ARE
RECOGNIZABLE
BY THEIR PACKAGING
WHICH DRAWS
CONSUMERS
TO MAKE PRODUCT
PURCHASES
PLASTIC = POLYMER
POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE (PET)
TYPES OF PLASTIC FOR PACKAGING

POLYETHYLENE
TEREPHTHALATE
WATER
JUICE
SOFT DRINKS
SPORTS DRINKS
KETCHUP
SALAD DRESSING
HIGH-DENSITY
POLYETHYLENE
MILK
FOOD PRODUCTS
DISH SOAP
LAUNDRY DETERGENT
SHAMPOO
AUTOMOTIVE OIL
POLYVINYL
CHLORIDE
LOW-DENSITY
POLYETHYLENE
POLYPROPYLENE
POLYSTYRENE
OTHER
FEATURES OF PET
STRONG
LIGHTWEIGHT
SAFE
BPA FREE
TRANSPARENT

PET (POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE) IS COMMONLY USED AS PACKAGING FOR WATER, JUICE, TEA, CARBONATED SOFT DRINKS, SPORTS DRINKS AND FOOD PRODUCTS SUCH AS DRESSINGS, CONDIMENTS AND EDIBLE OILS.
FEATURES OF HDPE
STRONG
LIGHTWEIGHT
SAFE
DURABLE
VERSATILE
IMPACT RESISTANT
HDPE (HIGH-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE) IS COMMONLY USED AS PACKAGING FOR FOOD PRODUCTS, CLEANING PRODUCTS, LAUNDRY DETERGENT AND SHAMPOO BOTTLES.
THE IMPACT OF CARBON EMISSIONS
PET PLASTIC HAS A LOWER CARBON FOOTPRINT THAN
OTHER ALTERNATIVES FOR COMMON BEVERAGE PACKAGES

Bottle to Bottle Recycling View PDF View Video

With recycling, used plastic bottles are turned into resin to make new bottles. This bottle to bottle recycling approach creates a sustainable life cycle for plastic packaging. View this chart to learn more about this process and discover how you can take part in Recycling Worth Repeating!™

How to Recycle

Recycling Counts™ at home and in your community. How can you get started?

Sustainability

  • GET INFORMED ABOUT RECYCLING
    Contact your city government to find out about the curbside recycling programs that exist in your area. Local recycling companies will let you know what is recyclable and how the collection process works.
  • USE RECYCLING BINS
    Place a recycling bin in your home to collect used, recyclable plastics.
  • INCLUDE BOTTLE CAPS
    Remember to leave the caps on your bottles. Many recycling facilities recycle caps! Contact your city government to find out details for your area.
  • KEEP IT DRY AND CLEAN
    Keep your recyclable items dry and clean. Remove leftover products such as soda or juice from plastic bottles with a quick rinse. Items that are wet or that contain leftover products can contaminate the other recyclable items.
  • LEAVE IT OUT
    If you’re unsure about whether an item is recyclable or not, check with your local recycler or leave it out. Some non-recyclable items such as medical waste, propane cylinders, paint and chemicals can be dangerous or can contaminate the items that are recyclable.
  • DON’T BAG RECYCLABLES
    Bagged recyclables pose a risk of contamination from potential substances inside the bag, and therefore are sent to landfills. The bags themselves can also get caught in sorting equipment.
  • SPREAD THE WORD
    Initiate a conversation with family and friends to spread the word on recycling at home and in the community so we can all be part of Recycling Worth Repeating!™
  • REACH OUT FOR ANSWERS
    Still not sure? If you have additional questions about how to recycle in your area, reach out to your city government or recycling facility for further answers.
Recycling Counts

Promoting Recycling with Recycling Counts™

Recycling Counts Overview Click on our video to learn more about Recycling Counts!™

Recycling Counts™ is an online global community that educates, promotes, and supports multiple initiatives from Plastipak and its partners for recycling and sustainability in our communities. This ongoing commitment to sustainability is guided by a bottle to bottle approach to recycling. We are dedicated to sharing with others how recycling can help preserve our planet for generations to come and strive to demonstrate how Recycling Counts™ can truly make a difference across the globe.

Our Mission

The mission of Recycling Counts™ is to globally encourage, promote, support and educate businesses and the end-consumer about recycling PET and HDPE plastics, and to continue our commitment to sustainability with a bottle to bottle recycling approach.

Recycling Counts™ Articles

We invite you to read our articles about worldwide recycling efforts. These articles discuss recycling tips for your community, how Plastipak and its partners design sustainable plastic packaging, and much more. Find out how you can get involved. See firsthand how our efforts to recycle often start with simple actions, but have a global impact when we all work together. By simply placing your used plastic bottles into the bin, you are joining the Recycling Counts™ movement.


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