U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service     561 FW 15, Exhibit 1                   
Plastic Resin Characteristics  

FWM#: 296 (new)
Date:    December 31, 1996
Series:   Pollution Control
Part 561: Compliance Requirements
Originating Office: Division of Contracting and General Services

Resin Name Characteristics Primary Product Markets Product Examples
Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) (4)  Moisture-proof; inert  Packaging  Garbage bags; coated papers 
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) (3) Clear; brittle unless modified with plasticizers  Building and construction; packaging 
Construction pipe; meat wrap; cooking oil bottles 
High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) (2) 
Flexible; translucent  Packaging  Milk and detergent Bottles; boil-in- bag pouches 
Polypropylene (PP) (5)  Stiff; heat-and chemical-resistant 
Furniture; packaging  Syrup bottles; yogurt tubs; office furniture 
Polystyrene (PS) (6)  Brittle; clear; good thermal properties 
Packaging; consumer products  Disposable foam dishes and cups; cassette tape cases 
Polyethylene Teraphthalate (PET) (1)  Tough; shatterproof  Packaging; consumer products Soft drink bottles; food and medicine containers

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