4 February, 2022


Recycling is important in our daily lives and not all plastics are the same and cannot be recycled to the same extent. So… how are they classified?

Plastics are divided based on their chemical composition, which is what determines how they are recycled.

If you look closely, each product is labeled with the♻️ symbol and with a number that tells us what type it is:

1. PET or PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate): this includes bottles of water, soft drinks and other beverages. It is one of the most recycled ✅

2. HDPE or HDPE (High Density Polyethylene): this includes supermarket bags, packaging for cleaning and hygiene products. It is a more rigid and resistant plastic. Can be recycled ✅

3. V or PVC (Vinyl or Polyvinyl Chloride): this includes tubes and pipes, door and window frames, and cable sheathing. It is very difficult to recycle ⚠️

4. LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene): this includes sacks, garbage bags, cling film and sauce boats.

5. PP (Polypropylene): this includes bottle caps, straws and pots. They are recyclable ✅, but due to their size they can easily be “lost” and end up in nature.

6. PS (Polystyrene): this includes disposable cups, cutlery and plates, yogurt and ice cream containers. It can be recycled, but it is better to avoid these disposable plastics ⚠️

7. OTHERS: Sanitary materials, toothbrushes, bottles, pacifiers, telephones and CDs. They generally cannot be recycled ❌

At GUZMAN POLYMERS we know that plastic is vital to our daily lives. We are committed to providing sustainable materials to our customers and making changes to achieve a more circular economy.

For more information, consult our team.