What are the different types of plastic and how can they be separated?

girl puts bottle in recycling container

It is best to avoid packaging waste altogether. If that is not possible, we should reduce, separate and recycle the waste as much as possible. To do this, we throw plastic packaging waste into specific garbage cans. During subsequent recycling, the different types must first be separated. But what types of plastic are there? And how does the separation process work?

You will need

  • A collection of empty plastic packaging
  • Small pieces of plastic made of PET, PE, PS and PVC materials
  • Drinking glass
  • Spoons
  • Table salt

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