Not All Plastic Is Created Equal - What Is HDPE And Why Is It Superior?
| Scott C
Recycling plastics has become an important way to reduce waste and conserve natural resources. The process of recycling plastics involves collecting, sorting, cleaning, and melting the materials, and then shaping them into new products.
One of the most common types of plastic that is recycled is HDPE, also known as high-density polyethylene. HDPE is a durable and lightweight plastic that is used to make a wide variety of products, including milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles, and plastic bags. HDPE is also widely used in the manufacturing of construction materials such as drainage pipes, sidewalks and decking.
HDPE is commonly recycled by first being collected and sorted by type and color, then it goes through cleaning process, which might include washing and grinding, after that it is melted, filtered and molded into pellets, which can be used to make a wide variety of products. One of the key properties that makes HDPE so recyclable is its stability, HDPE does not degrade easily, it maintains its physical and chemical properties throughout multiple recycle cycles, which makes it ideal for multiple uses in different applications.
HDPE recycling not only helps reduce waste and conserve resources but also creates a sustainable cycle that allows to reduce the need to extract new resources, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with the manufacturing of new plastics.
Other types of plastics, such as PET and PP are also recyclable, but the process and the properties of these types of plastic may differ. For example, PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is mostly used for packaging, like drink bottles and it is a clear and strong plastic, while PP (polypropylene) is mostly used in packaging, textiles and automotive parts, it is a stronger and more heat-resistant plastic than HDPE.
Overall, recycling plastics is an important way to reduce waste and conserve resources, and HDPE is just one example of a widely recycled plastic. By recycling plastics, we can help conserve resources, reduce waste and reduce our impact on the environment.