We partner with leaders of industry to solve material waste recycling problems, working within their process to reduce waste and provide landfill diversion. Simplified, we take big plastic parts and make small plastic chips or pellets for reuse, in some cases creating a full-circle back to the originator. See the types of plastic we recycle below.
Materials We Recycle
ABS, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, is a common copolymer made by polymerizing styrene and acrylonitrile in the presence of butadiene. Usual compositions are about half styrene with a quarter acrylonitrile and a quarter butadiene. ABS can be processed by any thermoplastic methods, and is easily extruded. ABS is stronger than pure polystyrene, and the cost of producing ABS is roughly twice the cost of producing polystyrene due to its physical makeup. A few of ABS properties include: impact resistant, high heat resistance, abrasion resistant, and excellent electrical properties. Some common uses may include: automotive applications, electrical applications, laboratory equipment, office equipment, computer components, whitewater canoes, musical instruments and many more.
Acrylic is actually a general name for a group of synthetic plastics made from acrylic acid. PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) or better known as Plexiglass or Lucite, is the most common form of acrylic. Acrylic is produced by a process called bulk polymerization. Bulk polymerization is a process that involves a reaction between methyl methacrylate with a catalyst, which creates a polymer that is then formed into a sheet or rod. Acrylics are best known for its optical clarity, low UV sensitivity and resistance to weather. The material is used in lighting fixtures, used in the place of glass materials, appliances, sculptures and many more.
BOPET, Biaxially-Oriented Polyethylene Terephthalate, film is made from PET that is stretched in two different directions. The resulting film is water resistant and typically transparent. It is known for its high tensile strength, good chemical resistance, and gas and aroma barriers. It is typically used for food packaging and as a protective covering over paper.
BOPP, Biaxially-Oriented Polypropylene, is a film that is made of polypropylene that has been “biaxially oriented” meaning that the film has been stretched in two different directions. The film is usually a multilayer film that relates to three-layer structures: One thick layer of polypropylene sandwiched between two thin layers of polypropylene. BOPP films have become more popular in the world market because of its unusual combination of properties: better shrinkage, seals well, twist retention and barrier, transparency, and stiffness. Common uses of BOPP films are potato chip bags, stationary, metalizing, flower sleeves, cable insulation, printing lamination, and many more.
EPS, Expanded Polystyrene, is a foam that uses Pentane gas as the blowing agent. The polystyrene resin granules are impregnated with the blowing agent during the process of production. It will then expand by the heat of steam up to 50 times in volume. It will then be molded and formed into its intended product. Some examples of uses are sponges, spray foam for insulation, ice box, food box, packaging for televisions, coffee cups, and many more.
Fluoropolymers’ high resistance to heat and “non-stick” features makes it an ideal plastic for use in coatings, gaskets, film, and tubing. Fluoropolymers have a good resistance to chemicals and low friction. Fluoropolymers are crucial in the manufacturing of durable fire-retardant fabrics that help shed water, resist abrasion and retain insulation, which in turn reduce the chance for burns.
GPPS, General Purpose Polystyrene, is a crystal clear polymer, which has its advantages over other polymers because of its clarity and ease of processing. GPPS is usually extruded or injection molded. GPPS is a polymer known for its high stiffness, good stability and great electrical properties. Common uses of GPPS include refrigeration, food trays, electronics, toys, and many more.
HDPE, High Density Polyethylene, is one of the most common forms of plastic and is a thermoplastic. HDPE has the highest strength and temperature tolerance. There are however different grades, but most are very resistant to solvents. HDPE is known for its impact strength, chemical resistance, physical properties, and mechanical properties. HDPE is used in many different forms such as: pill bottles, containers, pallets, crates, pipes, food packaging, toys, and many more.
HIPS, High Impact Polystyrene, is a copolymer composed of polystyrene and polybutadiene. HIPS is material that is easy to machine and fabricate. HIPS is often specified for low strength structural applications when impact resistance, machinability, and low cost are required. HIPS are typically injection molded. Translucent white HIPS is FDA compliant for use in food processing. HIPS are typically injection molded. HIPS are generally used in eating utensils, signs, models, and more.
LDPE, Low Density Polyethylene, is one of the most common forms of plastic and is a thermoplastic. LDPE is known for its flexibility, and good chemical resistance. Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) is a very flexible material making it ideal for plastic bottles, food containers, films, grocery bags, and many more.
LLDPE, Linear Low Density Polyethylene, is the same family as LDPE, but has a higher tensile strength than LDPE. It is often used to make some of the same products. LLDPE is known for its flexibility, and has a higher impact and puncture resistance than does LDPE. The most common form is plastic wrap or shrink-wrap.
Nylon is a generic name for a group of thermoplastic polyamides. Nylon is a thermoplastic that was first used for the bristles of a toothbrush. There are many different types of nylon. Nylon is tough, strong, impact resistant, abrasion resistant, and is machined easily. Nylon is found in women’s stockings, parachutes, fabrics, bridal veils, carpets, musical strings, and rope.
OPP, Oriented Polypropylene, is a film that is typically used for packaging. It is also commonly used in the printing business due to its clarity, printability, and resistance to water. It is often transparent, but can also come in colors and be coated. OPP is used for laminates and in some cases with electrical products.
PC, Polycarbonate, has exceptionally high impact tolerance and good clarity. It is considered one of the strongest thermoplastics. It is used for electric components, bulletproof glass, safety glasses, lighting systems, mechanical parts, and portions of medical devices.
PC/ABS, Polycarbonate/Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, was developed to combine the best features of ABS plastic with the strength and rigidity of PC. PC-ABS is known for its mechanical properties and heat resistance. It is often used in the telecommunications market because of the ability to create smaller, thinner products from it. It is also used in the automotive and general manufacturing industries.
PE, Polyethylenes, are one of the largest families of plastics in use today. They can be processed through numerous thermoplastic processing methods and can be quite flexible, to very rigid, once processed. Polyethylenes are classified into categories based on their density and molecular weight. LDPE, HDPE and UHMW/PE are the three main categories of Polyethylenes. They are strong, durable, and easy to cut and machine.
PET, Polyethylene Terephthalate, is a thermoplastic polymer resin that is often used in items such as beverage and food packaging, synthetic fibers, and thermal insulation. It is sometimes combined with glass particles to create stronger plastic that can be injection molded and used for parts in automotive and electronic industries. PET items are often recycled to create carpet fibers or clothing/bedding fiber.
PP, Polypropylene, is an olefin that is similar to polyethylene. Polypropylene is generally an economical, strong, and flexible type of plastic, making it a popular material. It is typically injection molded and is mostly used for textiles, packaging, and furniture products.
PPE, Polyphenylene, is also referred to as polyphenylene oxide, or PPO. These resins are usually combined with other polymers to make alloys. PPE is compatible with Polystyrene and can usually be blended. PPE can also be alloyed with nylon. Common uses are automobile fenders, insulation, business equipment, and many more.
PPS, Polyphenylene Sulfide, is a crystalline polymer that is best developed at high mold temperatures. It is known for its high temperature performance, chemical resistance, flame retardant, strength, and good wear resistance. Common uses are circuit boards, valves, and appliance parts that need to withstand high temperatures such as heaters, iron, microwaves, and dryers.
PS, Polystyrene, is a crystal clear polymer, which has its advantages over other polymers because of its clarity and ease of processing. GPPS is usually extruded or injection molded. GPPS is a polymer known for its high stiffness, good stability and great electrical properties. Common uses of GPPS include refrigeration, food trays, electronics, toys, and many more.
PTFE, Polytetraflouroethylene, is a synthetic flouropolymer of tetraflouroethylene that is most well known by the brand name Teflon. PTFE is a multifilament yarn that is used in aerospace and aviation. The fiber is commonly used in knitted fabrics, woven fabrics, sheets, packing for valves, filter bags, etc.
PVC, Polyvinyl Chloride, is a flexible or rigid material that is chemically non-reactive. PVC is commonly called vinyl. PVC is known for its high strength, dimensional stability, good weather resistance, high impact strength, flexibility, rigid ability, and good electrical properties and is used in a variety of products such as PVC pipes, vinyl siding, garden hoses, tank liners, acid resistant trays, toys, and many more.
PVDF, Polyvinylidine Flouride, is a specialty plastic from the fluoropolymer family. It is a very versatile fluoropolymer which is very strong and tough. It is known for its tensile properties and impact strength. It is used in container liners, halogen, acid applications, nuclear waste processing, high temperature applications, pressure applications, and solar glazing.
SAN, Styrene Acrylonitrile, is styrene and acrylonitrile blended together to form an amorphous copolymer that has improved weather ability, stress crack resistance, and barrier properties. The SAN copolymer contains around 80% styrene, and 20% acrylonitrile. The combination is stronger and more chemical resistant than polystyrene. It is used to make drinkware, tableware, cosmetics, appliances, household goods, and many more.
TPO, Thermoplastic Olefin, is a blend of Polypropylene and EPDM rubber. TPO has great chemical resistance and heat deflection temperature, and does great in cold weather. Products made from TPO are roofing membranes, car bumpers, rocker panels, chemical shields, golf car bodies, and many more.