Recycling Everyday Plastics: What You should Know About LDPE and HDPE


Presentation Description | Low-density polyethylene and high-density polyethylene are common plastics used in everyday products. Products are produced from both virgin plastics as well as the output material generated once recycled. For this reason, recycling plastics is a key aspect of reducing resource consumption and pollution.


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Polyethylene is the most common form of plastic. Both low-density polyethylene and high-density polyethylene are used to manufacture a vast number of everyday products. When recycled other commonly used products are created as well. For this reason recycling plastics is important to maximize resources and reduce pollution.

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Low-density polyethylene LDPE is known as a thermoplastic or thermosoftening plastic. It is not reactive at room temperatures and can withstand a range of temperatures. It is made in translucent and opaque variations and while it is quite flexible and tough it is also breakable.

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LDPE is used for manufacturing products such as: • Plastic bags • Trays containers snap-on lids • Corrosion-resistant work surfaces • Six pack rings • Packaging for computer hardware • Playground slides • Plastic wraps

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LDPE is not often recycled through curbside programs but products can be dropped off at a designated location for recycling. Recycled LDPE makes many products including: • Trash cans and liners • Shipping envelopes • Lumber • Floor tiles

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High-density polyethylene HDPE is a thermoplastic made from petroleum. It has a large strength-to-density ratio is opaque and can withstand high temperatures.

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HDPE is used for manufacturing products such as: • Plastic bottles • Plastic lumber • Hard hats • Food storage containers • Fuel tanks for vehicles • 3-D printer filament

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HDPE is collected through most curbside recycling programs. It is non-biodegradable and can take centuries to decompose so recycling is crucial. Recycled HDPE makes many products including: • Rope • Toys • Recycling bins • Trash cans

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Recycling contributes to a reduction in resource consumption and pollution. From a business perspective it can be more cost efficient to produce a product from recycled plastic than it is to manufacture virgin plastic. Additionally recycling produces the monetary benefit of getting paid for plastic scrap.

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