7 Different types of Plastic

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Not all types of plastic are the same. For example, the plastic that is used for water bottles is not the same as the plastic that is used in sandwich bags. Below you can find 7 different types of plastics and their properties to give you a better overview of all the plastics out there. 

Different types of plastic

Full name:


Used in:

Polyethylene Terephthalate

  • Recyclable
  • High melting point
  • Tough
  • Solvent resistant
  • Soda and water bottles
  • Medicine jars
  • Carpet
  • Fiberfill in winter clothing

High-Density Polyethylene

  • Recyclable
  • Moisture resistant
  • Chemical resistant
  • Rigid and strong
  • Waxy surface
  • Permeable to gas
  • Milk and juice containers
  • Grocery bags
  • Trash bags
  • Shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • Toys

Polyvinyl Chloride

  • Recyclable but depends per recycle company
  • Hard and rigid
  • Resistant to chemicals, grease and oils
  • Sinks in water
  • Plumbing pipes
  • Gutters
  • Window frames
  • Shoes

Low-Density Polyethylene

  • Recyclable but depends per recycle company
  • Flexible
  • Floats in water
  • Low melting point
  • Cling wrap
  • Sandwich bags
  • Squeezable bottles
  • Grocery bags
  • Frozen food bags


  • Not recyclable
  • Resistant to heat, chemicals, grease and oils
  • Strong
  • Versatile 
  • Floats in water
  • High melting point
  • Disposable diapers
  • Tubberware
  • Yogurt containers
  • Take out containers
  • Disposable cups and plates

Polystyrene or Styrofoam 

  • Not recyclable
  • Versatile
  • Easily formed
  • Glassy surface
  • Sinks in water
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Plastic food boxes
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Packing foam
  • CD cases

Miscellaneous plastics (includes: polycarbonate, polylactide, acrylic, acrylonitrile butadiene, styrene, fiberglass, and nylon)

Not recyclable 


  • CD’s and DVD’s
  • Baby bottles
  • Medical storage containers
  • Eyeglasses

Different types of plastic

I hope this overview gives you a better understanding of all the types of plastic available. 

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