Can Hard Plastics Be Thrown into the Recycling Bin
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Can Hard Plastics Be Thrown into the Recycling Bin

Can Hard Plastics Be Thrown into the Recycling Bin?

CSR Plastic conducts recycling processes for various types of plastics to maintain the balance of the world and nature. Unfortunately, every plastic waste that is not recycled causes various environmental and economic damages. Therefore, plastics thrown into recycling bins are separated by type and recycled appropriately.

However, some points need attention when throwing plastics into the recycling bin. It is particularly important to know which type of plastic waste should be thrown into which recycling bin. The Zero Waste Regulation came into force in 2019. Under this regulation, the use of recycling bins became mandatory. Recycling bins are designed in different colors for each type of waste. To facilitate recycling, for example, glass and plastic waste should not be mixed. Therefore, waste should be thrown into the relevant recycling bins.

What is a Plastic Recycling Bin and How is It Used?

A plastic recycling bin minimizes the environmental problems caused by plastics. It contributes to the economy by enabling the recycling of plastic types. It also plays an active role in reducing environmental pollution. Plastic recycling bins are designed in yellow color. Additionally, red color is used as a recycling bin for plastics. Generally, PET bottles draw more attention in plastic recycling. Recycling bins are placed in areas like offices where various plastic bottles are widely used.

The following types of waste can be thrown into a plastic recycling bin:

  • Plastic trays
  • Plastic bottles
  • All kinds of cleaning products

All types of plastics, including hard plastics, can be thrown into the plastic recycling bin.

Types of Plastics Thrown into the Plastic Recycling Bin

The types of plastics that can be thrown into the plastic recycling bin are as follows:

  1. HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)
    • The HDPE plastic type is used for multiple purposes. Many packaging materials are produced using HDPE plastic. HDPE has low permeability, making it a plastic type used more frequently in food products.
  2. PS (Polystyrene)
    • Polystyrene plastic is used in products referred to as Styrofoam or hard forms. Polystyrene is a lightweight plastic used in single-use food containers, plates, cups, forks, and spoons. However, since polystyrene contains carcinogens, it poses a significant threat to all living beings and the environment. Polystyrene also has a chemical-material structure. Therefore, advanced technology is needed for the recycling of polystyrene, and a high budget is required due to the specific processes.
  3. Other
    • The "Other" plastic type is a mixture of various plastics such as PS, LDPE, PP, PVC, PET, HDPE. This type of plastic is used in items like sunglasses, computer cases, bulletproof products, and food containers.
  4. PP (Polypropylene)
    • The melting point of PP plastic is high. This type of plastic is used in products with high resistance to heat. However, PP plastics need to be thoroughly cleaned before recycling. For example, the contents of food containers made of PP plastic must be cleaned before recycling.
  5. PVC Plastic Type
    • One of the plastics thrown into the plastic recycling bin is PVC. PVC is a very durable plastic used in products like packaging, toys, and pipes. However, recycling PVC, which is harmful to both living beings and environmental health, is very difficult.
  6. PET
    • PET plastics are very easy to recycle. PET is used in many types of packaging and single-use water bottles. The contents must be cleaned before recycling PET plastic types. This lightweight plastic type is easy to recycle but is not highly recommended for reuse.
  7. LDPE
    • CSR Plastic also recycles LDPE plastic types. LDPE is used in various products like shopping bags, toothpaste tubes, and trash can liners.