How to Properly Handle PP Plastic Recycling

One of the most adaptable plastics on the market is polypropylene (aka PP Plastic). PP plastic is a semi-crystalline thermoplastic known for its durability and versatility. So, it’s not surprising that it’s the second most widely used commodity plastic after polyethylene (PET).

When choosing which plastic to use, you might want to consider the environmental impact the material will have when you no longer need it. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about PP plastic recycling.

Is PP Plastic Recyclable?

Yes, PP plastic is recyclable! In fact, it produces less solid waste by weight and less CO2 equivalents by weight than PET or PVC. Since PP plastic is so versatile, it can be recycled into a variety of items and has a multitude of uses.

The Proper Way to Handle PP Plastic Recycling

 The Environmental Impact

While PP plastic isn’t completely sustainable, it’s an eco-friendlier option than other plastics because it doesn’t release toxins when burned, has a low carbon footprint, and transmits the lowest carbon dioxide emissions compared to other plastics. PP plastic also generates fewer waste products during production and disposal.

The Process of PP Plastic Recycling

Collection Process

Be sure to place your PP plastics in the right collection bin or bags so that it’s properly recycled. Depending on where you live or where your business is located, there might be rules for where to place different plastics during the collection process.

Sorting & Properly Cleaning

The PP plastics recycling process involves separating PP from other plastics and contaminants. If PP plastic isn’t properly cleaned, it can’t be used to create other items.


Depending on the original configuration, some PP plastic is shredded during the recycling process.


During the PP plastics recycling process, the material might be sorted based on color, size, shape, melting point, or light absorption. It can also be sorted depending on what it will be used for next.


The last step of the PP plastic recycling process is compounding, which is when the plastics are recombined using a machine called an extruder to melt down particles at a high temp and create pellets of the plastic. 

What can PP Plastic Be Recycled Into?

Some of the items that can be created with recycled PP plastic include:

  • Dishware
  • Gardening materials
  • Clothing and industrial fibers
  • Containers
  • Coffee bags
  • Speed bumps
  • Storage racks and bins

Are PP Takeout Containers Safe?

PP plastic has been approved by the FDA as food-safe. It can withstand high temps, so users can reheat foods in it wihout worry. And since it doesn’t react to liquids, acids, or bases, allowing different foods and liquids to be stored in it.

Are You Able to Recycle PP Plastic From Home?

You can’t complete the PP plastic recycling process at home, but you can help out with the process by cleaning and sorting your PP plastic properly before its collection.

 Replace Your PP Plastic with Acme

With so many uses for PP Plastic, it’s time to start looking into Acme’s selection of PP Plastic materials. And don’t hesitate to reach out to our customer service team with any questions.