Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO)

Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) Recycling


Thermoplastic polyolefin, often abbreviated as “TPO”, is a general name of plastics that encompasses any polymers produced from a simple olefin, also known as an alkene [1]. Common TPOs include PP and PE.

As TPOs encompass countless types of plastics with varying physical properties, they can be suited for many different applications. Most significantly, TPOs are primarily used in the automotive industry, and are the most common material from which plastic car bumpers are made.

TPO is predominantly used in automotive applications, such as plastic car bumpers.

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TPO does not have a unique resin identification code, and would likely fall under code 7, or “other”.

[1] Reprap, “TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) – RepRap,”, Dec. 11, 2017. (accessed Jul. 29, 2021).

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