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Plastic materials

• PVC,PE,PP,PA,PC,PU,PS,ABS,PET,PMMA and PTFE etc

• TPR/TPE/TPU (Santoprene)

• Other materials:PTFE etc

Here the table illustrates the most common types of plastics used, their applications and the symbol which is often used to identify them on forms of plastic packaging.

Polymer   Types     Examples of applicationsSymbol
PolyethyleneFizzy   drink and water bottles. Salad trays.

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Terephthalate

High DensityMilk   bottles, bleach, cleaners and mostblob.png
Polyethyleneshampoo   bottles.


Polyvinylblob.png   Pipes, fittings, window and door frames


                                                              PVC

Chloride(rigid   PVC). Thermal insulation (PVC foam)

and   automotive parts.
Low DensityCarrier   bags, bin liners and packaging films.blob.png    
Polyethylene

PolypropyleneMargarine   tubs, microwaveable meal trays, also produced as fibres and filaments for   carpets, wall coverings and vehicleblob.png    
upholstery.

Polystyrene   Yoghurt pots, foam hamburger boxes and egg     cartons, plastic cutlery, protective packaging for electronic goods and     toys. Insulating material in the building and construction industry.blob.png    
Unallocated ReferencesAny   other plastics that do not fall into any of the above categories - for   example polycarbonate which is often used in glazing for the aircraft   industryblob.png