At RGA Canada, we sort, shred, granulate, and pulverize plastic waste and find usable end markets throughout North America.
Our processed plastics find new lives as drain tillers, sewer tanks, railway ties, new toys, and dimensional lumber… instead of choking up landfills.
As the only plastic shredding and towing company between Alberta and Ontario, we collect industrial and commercial plastics from around Manitoba, focusing on HDPE, PVC, LLDP, and ABS.
THE SEVEN TYPES OF PLASTIC
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE)
PETE is one of the most commonly recycled plastic, most commonly used to make clear plastic bottled and food trays. PETE tends to discolour if you bend it.
Remove lids before recycling products made with PETE.
Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
HDPE is very commonly recycled. It is most commonly used to make white milk bottles, blech-type bottles, washing machine liquids, and some bottle caps. HDPE is a thick plastic that will spring back if bent; caps made of this material are usually flexible. Remove lids before recycling products made with HDPE.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC - U)
Check your local recycling guidelines to see if you can recycle this material.
Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
LDPE is used to make plastic bags, plastic wrapping, and cling film. It is difficult to recycle, and is more commonly saved to reuse or collected in supermarkets. LDPE contaminated with food must be disposed of.
Polypropylene is rarely recycled. It is often used to make butter and margarine tubs, fresh soup containers, some bottle caps, and glass jar caps. It will shatter into strips if compressed; caps will usually be too hard to flex. Check your local recycling guidelines to see if you can recycle this material.
Polystyrene or Styrofoam (PS)
PS is rarely recycled. It is often used to make yogurt pots, insulated disposable cups, some trays, and parcel packaging.
Other plastic items cannot be more recycled, and should be reused where possible. Other plastics include CD and DVD cases, reading glasses, some electrical connections and wiring, and general household plastics. The majority of these plastics are tough and are likely to shatter.