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PET? HDPE? What are those symbols?

August 26 2016

Along with our glass bottles you can also find PET and HDPE bottles at Salbro. 


Feeling a bit confused about the plastic technical terms? Let's clear up what PET and HDPE stand for with a quick explanation PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is a type of plastic that is used for liquid and food packaging. It is shatter resistant which makes it a popular choice. An example of a PET bottle would be a soda bottle. HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) is a type of plastic that is also used for bottles and containers. An example of an HDPE bottle would be a milk jug. PET and HDPE are both included in the plastic recycling code system. Not all plastics are the same. The codes help you to identify what kind of plastic was used for product packaging. There are 7 plastic codes. Read more about the other plastics and their functions here: Recycling Codes  The plastic codes on packaging simply serve as identification they do not tell you everything about recycling. Here are some helpful resources regarding recycling plastic in Canada: Recycling Plastic Resources . Make sure you check with your local recycling program about recycling bottle caps as well.