Plastics Recycling Frequently Asked Questions
The following are frequently asked questions about plastics recycling, post consumer resins and high-density polyethylene (HDPE).
What is Polyethylene?
Polyethylene is the most common plastic. It is produced in a variety of densities, such as high density polyethylene (HDPE), medium density polyethylene (MDHE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE). Most LDPE, MDPE and HDPE grades have excellent chemical resistance, meaning that the plastic is not adversely affected by strong acids or strong bases and is resistant to gentle oxidants and reducing agents.
What is HDPE?
HDPE is the most commonly used plastic in the U.S.
Is HDPE a safe plastic?
Yes. HDPE is safe. It is an inert resin and does not contain BPA, phthalates, heavy metals or allergens, nor does it emit harmful emissions during its production.
Are Envision resins compliant with governmental regulations such as CONEG and California Proposition 65?
Since we are recycling curbside collected HDPE plastic bottles, initially produced from fully compliant virgin resins, Envision’s recycled resins comply with the Coalition of Northeast Governors (CONEG) legislation regarding concentrations of heavy metals. Also, our resins do not contain, to the best of our knowledge, any of the chemical substances listed in California’s Proposition 65.
Are Envision resins REACH registered for use in the European Union?
Since our resins are recycled from REACH registered polymers, they are exempt from REACH registration and can be used in any European Union country.
Are Envision resins compliant with RoHS and do they contain any Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)?
Envision resins, to the best of our knowledge, do not contain any of the substances regulated under RoHS and do not contain any SVHC’s as currently listed by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
Where can I get a copy of Envision’s “no objection letter” from the U.S. FDA for its EcoPrime™ food grade recycled resin?
You can request a copy by using the customer service contact form in the right hand sidebar of this page or find it online here: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodIngredientsPackaging/FoodContactSubstancesFCS/ucm174864.htm
How does recycled HDPE production affect the environment?
Production of recycled HDPE emits 78% less greenhouse gases than production using virgin resin.
What is the difference in energy usage between recycled HDPE and virgin resin production?
Production of recycled HDPE uses 90% less energy than producing virgin resin.
Contact Envision Plastics
If you have questions about the plastics recycling process, the production of HDPE resins or Envision Plastics’ products and services, call customer service at (678) 250-9020. We look forward to speaking with you.