A practical and simple guide on the different types of plastic and ease of recycling.

The world of plastic can seem a bit confusing and intimidating a when you realize that there are different types and that each one must be recycled in a different way. Here we explain in the simplest way the difference between each type of plastic and the ease / difficulty of recycling each one. So you can know what type of plastics you should avoid to reduce your impact on the planet.

Remember that recycling should be the last option to reduce your impact. We recommend avoiding plastic containers, using and reusing alternatives such as glass.

We leave you a list of the collection center where you can take each type of plastic, like the Ecolana that has a locator of collection centers by zones.


If you look under any plastic container, you will find a triangle with a number inside. This number indicates the type of polymer it contains and the possibility of recycling.

PET / PETE is one of the most common plastics in our daily lives.

It is generally used in bottles for drinks such as water or soda, food containers , sauces, etc.

The most common uses given to this polymer after recycling are: textiles, tarpaulins, nautical sails, ropes and threads.

The HDPE is generally used in containers for shampoo, soap, detergents, dairy containers such as yoghurt.

The most common uses for this polymer after recycling are: industrial bags, cans for detergents, tubes.

PVC is generally used for pipes, hoses, cable covers, toys.

Most common uses after recycling: mu ebles, pipes, fences, hoses, chancery,

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LDPE is generally used in garbage bags, food packaging, dry cleaning bags.

Most common uses after recycling: toys, bags, tubes, containers, fences, irrigation and electrical pipes.

PP is generally found in containers for butter, ice cream, medicine.

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PS is found in disposable cups, Styrofoam, food containers, disposable cutlery.

Most common uses after recycling: thermal insulation, office accessories.

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Los p Plastics with the number 7 are the most difficult to recycle since they are composed of a mixture of polymers.

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We also recommend this list to learn about the correct handling of garbage and thus reduce your impact on the environment: D

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