LDPE and HDPE A Source of Multiple Common Household Recycled Products

18 Jul 2011

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We want you to know that Atlantic Poly is a steward of the earth's environment in that we work very hard to maximize the use of recycled source material throughout our entire supply process. This blog will focus on the product nature and recycling promise of two of our primary products: Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) and High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).
LDPE is the basic compound of original commercial use of polyethylene. LPDE is characterized by good toughness, resistance to chemicals, flexibility and clarity. It's an excellent material in low heat electrical and chemical applications. LDPE is a flexible plastic which makes it a very versatile product with a wide range of commercial applications. In recent years, LDPE versatility improved as it emerged as a commonly accepted recyclable product. The average household today utilizes an assortment of recycled LDPE products to include:
• Trash can liners
• Compost bins
• Shipping envelopes
• Paneling
• Lumber
• Landscaping ties
• Floor tile
HDPE is more rigid and harder than lower density materials. It also has higher tensile strength; four times that of low-density polyethylene. It is three times better in compressive strength and meets FDA requirements for direct food contact applications. HDPE is a versatile plastic with many uses, especially for packaging. It carries low risk of leaching and is readily recyclable into many goods such as:
• Laundry detergent bottles
• Oil bottles
• Pens
• Recycling container
• Floor tile
• Drainage pipe
• Lumber
• Benches
• Picnic tables
• Fencing
It is important to us that you understand that Atlantic Poly is doing our part to protect the environment through our use of recycled products in our processes. We also encourage you to consider recycling not only the common household items listed here, but any and all products that you notice marked with the "recyclable" label.