What is polypropylene (PP)?
PP is used to make food and non-food containers such as dairy tubs, take-out containers, food storage ware, water pitchers and filters, and Preserve® products. Containers made from polypropylene are often marked with a #5 inside chasing arrows or a triangle.
Why recycle PP?
The availability of programs offering PP recycling is growing across the U.S., and so is the demand for recycled content by manufacturers and converters.
Who wants to purchase recycled PP?
Consumer goods packaging companies, automakers, plastic converters, plastic recyclers, and other manufacturers use recycled polypropylene in the creation of new products.
Why do manufacturers like PP?
Polypropylene is a versatile plastic that is commonly used in a wide variety of applications ranging from drink cups to yogurt cups, bottle closures, storage totes, and automotive parts. It's light in weight, so using it can reduce raw material needs.
What can consumers and businesses do to help?
If there's a collection program in your area, recycle your polypropylene bottles and containers. This will help increase the supply of recycled material in the marketplace, which is needed for recyclers to invest and expand reclamation capacity.