Frequently Asked Questions
Do you recycle?
Yes, we recycle our waste (rejects and sprues) to be re-used to manufacture other products.
Are your products BPA free?
BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s.
BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles. They may also be used in other consumer goods.
Spicoly Plastics mainly use Polypropylene to manufacture our products, therefore all our products are BPA free and safe to use.
What is injection moulding
After a product is designed, usually by an industrial designer or an engineer, moulds are made by a mould-maker (or toolmaker) from metal, usually either steel or aluminium, and precision-machined to form the features of the desired part. Injection moulding is widely used for manufacturing a variety of parts, from the smallest components to entire body panels of cars.
Material for the part is fed into a heated barrel, mixed, and forced into a mould cavity, where it cools and hardens to the configuration of the cavity.
4. What is plastic made of?
There are chains in plastic called polymers. This is why many plastics begin with “poly,” such as polyethylene, polystyrene, and polypropylene.
What does the symbol at the bottom of plastic products mean?
|THE PLASTIC IDENTIFICATION CODE|
|Symbol||Type of Plastic||Properties||Common Uses||Recycled into|
|Clear, tough solvent, resistant barrier to gas and moisture. Softens at 80⁰C||Soft drink and water bottles, salad domes, biscuit trays, salad dressing and containers||Pillow and sleeping bag filling, clothing, soft drink bottles, carpeting, building insulation|
High Density Polyethylene
|Hard to semi-flexible, resistant to chemicals and moisture, waxy surface, opaque, softens at 75⁰C Easily coloured, processed and formed||Shopping bags, freezer bags, milk bottles, ice-cream containers, shampoo, chemical and detergent bottles||Recycling bins, compost bins, buckets, detergent containers, posts, fencing, piper, plastic timber|
|Strong, tough, can be clear, can be solvent welded and softens at 80⁰C||Cosmetic containers, electrical conduit, plumbing pipes and fittings, blister packs, wall cladding, roof sheeting, bottles||Flooring, film and sheets, cables, speed bumps, packaging, binders, mud flaps and mats, new gumboots and shoes|
Low Density Polyethylene
|Soft, flexible, waxy surface. Translucent, softens at 70⁰C. Scratches easily||Cling wrap, garbage bags, squeeze bottles, irrigation tubing, mulch film, refuse bags||Bin liners, pallet sheets|
|Hard but still flexible, waxy surface, softens at 140⁰C, translucent, withstands solvents, versatile||Bottles and ice-cream tubs, potato chip bags, straws, microwave dishes, kettles, garden furniture, lunch boxes, packaging tape||Pegs, bins, pipes, pellet sheets, oil funnels, car battery cases, trays|
|Clear, glassy, rigid, opaque, semi-tough, softens at 95⁰C. Affected by fat, acids and solvents, but resistant to alkalis and salt solutions. Low water absorption. Odour and taste free||CD cases, plastic cutlery, imitation glassware, low cost brittle toys, video cases
Foamed polystyrene cups, takeaway clamshells, meat trays,
|Coat hangers, coasters, stationery trays and accessories, picture frames, seed trays, building products|
In packaging it could be multi-layer materials e.g. PE + PP
|Includes all resins and multi materials (e.g. laminates). Properties dependent on plastic or combination of plastics||Automotive and appliance components, computers, electronics, cooler bottles, packaging||Plastic timber, sleepers – looks lie wood and used for beach walkways, benches, etc.|