All plastic can be recycled. The issue is whether or not it is economically feasible to recycle particular types and grades of plastic.

ntrs recycles more types of plastic than other companies in the NT because we have identified specific markets for specific products. These products currently include the following:

  • Bulk bags
  • Shrink wrap
  • Bubble wrap
  • Soft drink containers
  • Milk containers
  • PVC and Poly pipe
  • Plastic drums

What do recycling symbols on plastics mean?


PET, PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

  • Soft drink, water and salad dressing bottles, peanut butter and jam jars...
  • Suitable to store cold or warm drinks. Bad idea for hot drinks.

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

  • Not used for food packaging.
  • Pipes, cables, furniture, clothes, toys...


PP (Polypropylene)

  • Reusable microwaveable ware; kitchenware, yogurt containers; microwaveable disposable take-away containers, disposable cups, plates...

Other (Often polycarbonate or ABS)

  • Beverage bottles; baby milk bottles; compact discs; "unbreakable" glazing; lenses including sunglasses, prescription glasses, automotive headlamps, riot shields, instrument panels...

HDPE (High-density Polyethylene)

  • Water pipes, milk, juice and water bottles, grocery bags, some shampoo / toiletry bottles...


LDPE (Low-density Polyethylene)

  • Frozen food bags, squeezable bottles, e.g. honey, mustard; cling films, flexible container lids...

PS (Polystyrene)

  • Egg cartons; packing peanuts; disposable cups, plates, trays and cutlery; disposable disposable take-away containers.
  • Avoid for food storage.


Safe food containers are made from number 1, 2, 4 and 5 plastics.

  • ntrs recycle plastic symbols 1,2,3,5 & 7
  • Globally 15-35% of plastic bottles are recycled the rest end up in landfill
  • The majority of plastic bottles are made from petroleum
  • Between 7-8% of fossil fuels is used to make plastics materials
  • A third of its volume is the amount of petroleum used to make one bottle
  • A plastic bottle takes over 700 years to decompose

*Remove lids from the plastic bottles before recycling

*Remove lids from the plastic bottles before recycling