26 Apr '12, 1am

Check it! Be careful w plastics! The number doesn't mean it will get recycled! #oneSmallAct

Posted by Andrew Cheng on 03/24/2011 at 05:09 AM Technically speaking, all thermoplastics are recyclable, it’s whether or not they are placed in the proper recycling facilities. I’m a plastic trader in China and have dealt with many types of plastic. Recycled PP is actually a very hot commodity here. What most recyclers do in China is to rinse the PP while it is being shredded. If its a mixed color lot, the entire load will be turned into black products (making mixed lots lower in value). Recycled PP is typically not made into products on its own. Instead, they are mixed with virgin material as “fillers”. Plastic PET bottles and HDPE blow-molded bottles are easily separated visually. This makes recycling them easy and cost effective for municipalities. PP, on the other hand, is more difficult to separate as PP is used in a multitude of products and applications. I hope thi...

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