Types of plastics

The Plastics Identification Code is stamped on all plastic products to identify the type of resin used.

Here are some common products you will find for each type of plastic.

Code 1 Triangular recycle symbol with 1 inside it and the letters PETE underneath
PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) - Clear tough plastic such as soft drink, water bottles and juice bottles. Can be placed in your recycling bin. Remove plastic tops.
Code 2 Triangular recycle symbol witd 2 inside it and the letters HDPE underneatd
HDPE (High-density polyethylene) - Common white or coloured plastic such as milk containers or shampoo bottles. Can be placed in your recycling bin. Remove plastic tops.
Code 3  Triangular recycle symbol with 3 inside it and the letter V underneath
PVC (Polyvinyl chloride or plasticised polyvinyl chloride) - Hard rigid clear plastic such as cordial bottles. Can be placed in your recycling bin. Remove plastic tops.
Code 4 Triangular recycle symbol with 4 inside it and the letters LDPE underneath

LDPE (Low density polyethylene) – Soft flexible plastic such as plastic bags and sandwich bags. Can be placed in bins at participating Coles and Woolworths supermarkets. Only squeezable bottles can be placed in your recycling bin. Cling wrap goes in the general rubbish bin.

Code 5 Triangular recycle symbol with 5 inside it and the letters PP underneath
PP (Polypropylene) – Hard but flexible plastic such as microwave ware, takeaway containers, some yoghurt and ice cream containers. Can be placed in your recycling bin.
Code 6 Triangular recycle symbol with 6 inside it and the letters PS underneath
PS (Polystyrene) – foam hot drink cups and foam take way containers. Cannot be placed in your recycling bin.
Code 7 Triangular recycle symbol with 7 inside it and the word OTHER underneath
Other – all other plastics, including acrylic and nylon. Cannot be placed in your recycling bin.

These codes do not indicate whether or not items can go in your yellow lid bin. See our guide on items the can be placed in your recycling bin.





Page last updated: Wednesday, 13 November 2019

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