Can You Recycle Plastic Type 7?

To answer the question of whether we can recycle plastic type 7 we have to look at what it is.

What Is Plastic Type 7?

Plastic Recycling Symbols - Type - Other

Other

This category covers any other plastic types (too many to mention here). In terms of packaging this code is commonly used for multi-layer films which are not often recycled.

So plastic type 7 isn’t actually a type of plastic. It covers all of the other different plastic types that are not covered by the other 6 plastic recycling symbols.

The plastic recycling symbols were developed back in the eighties to aid recycling of plastic packaging. The first 6 symbols represent the most commonly used plastics in packaging applications.

Type 7 was included as a catch all for anything else. Typically this means multi layer sheets and films. This is where one plastic type is bonded to another. Doing this gives better barrier properties to the packaging to help preserve food for longer.

The problem is that the multi-layer products are difficult to recycle in the traditional way. Often this means multi-layer plastic being sent for energy recovery (burnt to generate electricity). Known as EfW (Energy from Waste).

Do You Collect Plastic Type 7 for Recycling?

We would not generally collect plastic packaging marked with the type 7 (Other) because it is not easily recyclable.

We do however collect many other different plastic types not covered by the first 6 recycling symbols.

Some of these include:

  • ABS
  • Nylon (PA)
  • Polycarbonate (PC)
  • Acrylic (PMMA)
  • PC/ABS
  • TPE
  • TPO

This is only some of the other plastics that exist. To find out more click here.

If you have plastics marked with type 7. Or have plastics with no markings and want to know if we collect them please complete the quotation form below and we will be in touch asap.

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