Applications for Recycled Residential Bulky Rigid Plastics
Residential bulky rigid plastics are primarily made from high density polyethylene (HDPE #2), which can be used for a variety of applications. As detailed in The Recycling Journey of Residential Bulky Rigid Plastics, once these items are collected and baled at the MRF, they are sold to plastic recyclers to process into flakes or pellets. The HDPE resin flakes or pellets produced from bulky rigids are then sold to manufacturers to make the types of items listed below.
consoles, small components
pails, totes, pallets, trays
Building & Construction
valve boxes, spools, wheels, fittings
fans, exhaust chutes
trash cans, trays
The chart below, developed by Moore Recycling Associates, is a comprehensive plastics recycling quick reference tool. It outlines which Resin Identification Codes (RIC) represent each resin, common products made from each resin, as well as common products each of the recycled resins are made into.