How is HDPE Recycled?
HDPE is accepted at most recycling centers in the world, as it is one of the easiest plastic polymers to recycle. Most recycling companies will collect HDPE products and take these to large facilities to be processed.
Properties and Applications of HDPE
HDPE has many advantageous properties that make it important in the manufacturing of different products. HDPE has a comparatively high density compared to other polymers, with a specific gravity of 0.95. HDPE is relatively hard and resistant to impact and can be subjected to temperatures of up to 120 °C without being affected.
Other uses for HDPE include:
- Plastic shopping bags.
- Food containers (HDPE is approved for contact with food by many food advisory boards).
- Pipe fittings.
- Cutting boards.
- Wear plates.