plastic packaging symbols

The Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) recycles plastics labelled from 1-5 using the Plastics Identification Code, which can be found on all plastic containers and bottles. Not all plastics are recyclable in your yellow-topped bin kerbside collections.

The table below explains the type of plastic relating to each symbol.

Symbol Type of plastic Properties Uses
PET Symbol Polyethylene Terephthalate
(PET)
Clear, tough, solvent resistant plastic, often used as a fibre. Soft drink bottles, detergent bottles.
HDPE Symbol High Density Polyethylene
(HDPE)
Very common plastic, usually white or coloured. Milk and cream bottles, shampoo bottles, cleaning products.
PVC Symbol Polyvinyl Chloride
(PVC)
Hard, rigid plastic may be clear. Clear cordial and juice bottles.
LDPE Symbol Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Soft, flexible plastic – waxy surface. Squeeze bottles
PP Symbol Polypropylene (PP) Hard but still flexible plastic. Ice cream containers and lids, plastic take away containers.
PS Symbol Polystyrene (PS) Clear, glassy, rigid, brittle plastic. Yoghurt and margarine containers
OTHER Symbol Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foamed, light weight. Drinking cups, meat trays, packing peanuts, foam boxes
EPS Other Includes all other plastics and soft plastics including acrylic and nylon.

DID YOU KNOW?
By using a reusable coffee cup every day instead of a disposable one, you can avoid creating 1kg of plastic waste a year!
DID YOU KNOW?
95% less resources are used when you recycle an aluminium can, compared to producing a new one.
DID YOU KNOW?
By recycling one plastic bottle, you can power a desktop computer for 25 minutes.
DID YOU KNOW?
Batteries and other hazardous waste shouldn't go in any bin. Find your nearest disposal centre with the Recycle Right app.
DID YOU KNOW?
65% of plastic bottles end up
in landfill, taking up to 1,000
years to break down.
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