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Plastic Scrap Inspection

When it comes to assessing consignments containing plastic scrap, it is mostly determined by accounting for the percentage of contamination, grading or sorting, and of course the total quantity of plastic scrap.


Whether the PET containers need to be free from any liquids or paper labelling, or that the plastic nets used for agricultural purposes need to be free from soil, a thorough inspection is needed.
Our plastic scrap inspection services guarantee that consignments consisting of recyclable plastic waste will meet both your quality and quantity requirements.
At CWM Survey & Inspection, we are proud to say that we are the only inspection agency in Europe that has been officially appointed by the Republic of Indonesia to carry out all their pre shipment inspections on non-hazardous and non-toxic plastic scrap being shipped to Indonesia. Read more >>

Some examples of plastic scrap types we have inspected include:
  • HDPE plastics, such as plastic bottles, bags and hand soap containers
  • LDPE plastic, such as food containers and six-pack beverage rings
  • PET, such as Oven-ready food trays and textiles
  • PP plastic, such as car accessories and shipping pallets
  • Polystyrene, such as vending cups and thermal insulation
  • PVC such, as Carpet backing, Fencing and pipes


Plastic scrap dictionary


“High-Density Polyethylene” is a plastic type made from petroleum. This category consists of both pigmented and unpigmented bottles. However, in the case of pigmented bottles, higher resistance to cracking and chemicals has been demonstrated, making it ideal for packaging household items, like cleaning products. Other HDPE plastics also include those made into injection-moulded containers used in food packaging.


“Low-Density Polyethylene” is a thermoplastic also made from petroleum. The difference between HDPE and LDPE is that thermoplastics are characterised by their flexibility to be frozen and reheated repeatedly for reshaping. Because LDPE is a resistant and flexible plastic, it is used to manufacture packaging and film-like materials.


For plastics which have no colour, or are either clear or slightly opaque, such as uncoloured water bottles, they are classified as “Natural.” It is important to highlight that “Natural” is a different category from “White”.


“Polyethylene Terephthalate” is a plastic type made from polymer resin. PET acts as an excellent waterproof barrier, as well as being impermeable to both oxygen and carbon dioxide. This type of plastic is also shatter resistant and is resistant to most solvents.


In the case of plastics that are coloured white, black or any colour, even if they are clear or opaque, are classified as pigmented or dyed. A clear, green bottle is considered pigmented, and even white plastic falls into this category.

Plastic Bottle

In the case of a rigid container which is designed with a smaller neck than the body, this falls under the plastic bottle label. These are often used to contain liquids and are emptied by pouring.

Plastic Film

A Plastic Film is a thin and flexible sheet which does not hold a specific shape while unsupported.


When products are generated by a business or a consumer and have served their intended use, they are then separated or diverted from the solid waste system and recycled as “PostConsumer” plastics.


The thermoplastic polymer “Polypropylene” has both high chemical resistance and a high melting point, so it is often used for hot-fill liquids. PP plastics are also known for their excellent visual clarity and low moisture transmission.


“Polystyrene” is a commonly used versatile plastic that is characterised as either a rigid or a foamed product. It also has a low melting point that is great for insulation use in foam form. Sometimes PS is combined with rubber to make high-impact polystyrene.


“Polyvinyl Chloride (Vinyl)” is known for its stable electric properties. PVC is both chemical resistant and has high-impact strength. Used as a diverse resin, PVC can be found in both rigid and flexible materials. In the case of PVC plastic, rigid materials can retain shape when they are empty and unsupported.

Recovered Plastic

In the case of recovered plastic materials or materials which have been diverted from the solid waste stream, this is listed as “Recovered Plastic”. It does not include materials that are generated from or commonly reused within the original manufacturing process.

Recycled Plastic

These plastics come from either recovered material or from post-consumer plastics. Sometimes they can even be both.

Rigid Plastic Container

A “Rigid Plastic Container” is a formed or moulded container which maintains its original shape when unsupported and empty.


The advantages of working with CWM Survey & Inspections



You have your own personal inspecting agency that only has one single interest at heart: your interests.


Global, with a local pedigree

From the industrial outskirts of Seoul to the Port of Santos in Brazil, our close network of qualified inspectors the world over, guarantee quality no matter where you are located.



We employ experienced specialists with a trained eye for detail.


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For a competitive fee, you get a high quality service coupled with personal attention to detail.

If you are interested in working with us, it only takes three short steps for us to undertake your assignment:

  • First, fill in our booking form or contact us directly on +31-76-30 30 100

  • We will then make you a competitive offer

  • Finally, if the offer is right for you then you confirm the assignment.