How Many Different Plastic Types Are There?

Storm Recycling Ltd are experts in the field of plastic recycling  offer recycling services for the many different plastic types that exist.

Many plastic packaging products are today marked with plastics packaging recycling symbols. However this system only covers the 6 major polymer groups used in plastic packaging and which are widely recycled. A great many other plastic types are simply marked as “Others”.

Below is a more detailed list of some of the other thermoplastics and thermoplastic rubbers which can and are recycled by Storm Recycling Ltd.

We will be happy to help you identify any plastic waste that you may have for disposal / recycling and to provide you with a no obligation quotation for buying or recycling those plastics.

Different Plastic Types 

And Their Abbreviations


Common Name

ABSAcrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
ASAAcrylate Styrene Acrylonitrile
CACellulose Acetate
EVAEthylene Vinyl Acetate
EVOHEthylene Vinyl Alcohol
HDPE (PE-HD)High Density Polyethylene
HIPSHigh Impact Polystyrene
LDPE (PE-LD)Low Density Polyethylene
LLDPE (PE-LLD)Linear Low Density Polyethylene
MDPE (PE-MD)Medium Density Polyethylene
PA6Polyamide (Nylon) Type 6
PA11Polyamide (Nylon) Type 11
PA12Polyamide (Nylon) Type 12
PA66Polyamide (Nylon) Type 66
PBTPolybutylene Terephthalate
PEEKPolyether Ether Ketone
PMMAPolymethyl Methacrylate (Acrylic)
POMPolyoxymethylene (Acetal)
PPOPolyphenylene Oxide
PPCPolypropylene Copolymer
PPHPolypropylene Homopolymer
PVCPolyvinyl Chloride
PVC-CChlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride
PVC-PPlasticised Polyvinyl Chloride
PVC-U (uPVC)Unplasticised Polyvinly Chloride
SANStryrene Acrylonitrile Copolymer
TPEThermoplastic Elastomer
TPOThermoplastic Olefin
TPUThermoplastic Polyurethane
TPRThermoplastic Rubber

Storm Recycling buy and sell all different types of plastics and can facilitate the recycling of those plastics through our network of plastic recycling partners.


To find out more about different plastic types and how they are used you might like to check out the website of the British Plastics Federation.

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