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What are the main elements in plastic?

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The main elements in plastic include carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and chlorine. Some plastics may also contain sulfur, depending on how they are made.

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Plastics are typically carbon based. Carbon atoms are connected to other elements and when the connection of other elements with carbon results in long chains, the plastic is a thermoplastic. Any plastic that can be melted is a thermoplastic.

Often, additives are put into a plastic mixture. These additives may include lubricants, antimicrobials, antioxidants or flame retardants. These additives give the plastic a specific property and can protect the plastic from water or heat damage and make it resistant to bacteria.

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