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Recycling Symbols, Definitions & Examples:

PET , PETE or PETG (polyethylene terephthalate) often shown as RPET to identify recycled content in the material.

PET package example

PET package example


Commonly used for: Soft drink, water bottles and many bottles or containers that are clear or tinted with colour. 

HDPE or PE-HD (high density polyethylene)

Example of HDPE bin liner

HDPE example of sample tray


Commonly used for: Milk jugs, juice bottles, detergent and household cleaner bottles; shampoo bottles; bags and motor oil bottles.

V (Vinyl) or PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

ESD protected PVC package

Tamper-proofing PVC blister

PVC blister sealed to card

Commonly used for: Window cleaner and detergent bottles, wire jacketing, medical equipment, siding, windows and piping.

LDPE (low density polyethylene)


Typically not used in thermoforming 

Commonly used for: Squeezable bottles; shopping bags.

PP (polypropylene)

Commonly used for: ketchup bottles, caps, medicine bottles and foams.

PS (Polystyrene)

PS tray example

PS material handling tray example


Commonly used for: Disposable plates, cups & cutlery, carry-out containers & CD cases.

OTHER, can be a blend or layers of a number of materials.  PLA (poly lactic acid) is also found in this catagory.

Commonly used for: Water jugs, sunglasses, hardware, signs or displays, barrier sensitive containers.

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