Plastic recycling codes are normally
stamped at the bottom of any plastic products, no matter what the brand is.
The codes are meant for
recyclers to identify in general, what are the main chemical compositions
of the plastic so that they can be recycled more effectively.
Please do not be
Tupperware does not use
recycled plastic in its products. Tupperware only uses fresh epoxy to
make new Tupperware containers.
Old Tupperware items which
are sent for replacement, are sent for recycling. At the recycling
center, they are sorted out in their respective bins by the center and
are treated as appropriate, together with other brands.
As consumers, we normally dump our
recyclable plastic into the general recycle bin meant for plastic, and we do not
have to know "which bin number" they should go to.
That is unless your community recycling center has separate bins for
different types of plastic to be sorted out. Then, you simply look at
the bottom of the bottle or container to see at which bin number they belong.
So here are the codes, by number
and the type of plastics based their chemical composition, their common usage
and what are they turned into after being recycled.
I hope this will help to clear any
confusion among us because of the lack of information or even misinformation.
You should understand the meaning of plastic recycling codes and its relation to
Tupperware products after reading this.
Types of plastic used
to make the products
Common use for
this type of plastic
Examples of what these recycled
products are turned into:
Mineral water bottle,
rigid box for fresh
Filler for pillow and sleeping bags.
soft drink bottles, carpet. Tupperware does not use PET.
Opaque bottles like
Recycling bins, compost bins, buckets,
detergent, containers. Tupperware products that use HDPE are the grid
Crisper and also the tray of the bread server.
Cling wrap, some plastic
Flooring, speed bumps, cable and
sheets, binders, mud flaps and mats.
Tupperware does not use PVC.
Plastic grocery bags,
most plastic wraps.
Rubbish bin liners, pallet sheets.
(Most Tupperware products fall into this
Clouded bottles or
containers like for
ice-cream or yoghurt.
Pegs, bins, pipes, pallets, oil,
car battery cases. Tupperware does not use PP.