The Association of Plastic Recyclers
  • PE Film

    PE Film

PREFERRED

Unpigmented (Natural) PE / White, buff, or lightly colored film

It is not common for film to be sorted by color in the recycling process. Therefore, the resulting recycled material is a blend of all the colors present. Light colors blend well with little effect.

DETRIMENTAL

Dark colors, particularly blues and greens

It is not common for film to be sorted by color in the recycling process. Therefore, the resulting recycled material is a blend of all the colors present. Dark colors have a great effect on a lot of material. Since the standard material is a light blend and dark colors are relatively rare, the reclaimer normally hand selects dark colors and processes them separately. In some cases, the dark colors are discarded. The recyclers are adapting to this issue by building processes that are more accepting of dark colors, while at the same time, brand names are replacing dark colors with light colors for their packaging films.

RENDERS NON-RECYCLABLE

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REQUIRES TEST RESULTS

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