You are a Special Agent who has just found a nuclear bomb hidden on a waste barge in the USA and it is set to go off in 3 minutes. Luckily, it has a keypad to enter a six digit disarm code, and you happen to have found what looks to be the disarm code on a dead terrorist. Unfortunately it is written in some kind of crazy letter code and you have to decode it fast. The code you found is "PS PP LDPE V HDPE PETE". What number do you enter to save the day?
HintThere are a lot of empty plastic bottles kicking around on this waste barge.
AnswerThe answer was as close as the nearest plastic water or soda bottle! The letters (PS, PP, LDPE...) refer to types of plastic which all have recycle codes numbers (found inside of the triangle recycle symbol on plastic products). Using plastic bottles lying all around, you would find that the disarm code is 654321.
Here is the full list: 1 PETE (Polyethylene terephthalate), 2 HDPE (High-density polyethylene), 3 V (Vinyl), 4 LDPE (Low-density polyethylene), 5 PP (Polypropylene), 6 PS (Polystyrene) and 7 OTHER (All other resins and layered multi-material). Soft drink bottles, the plastic kind, are normally 1 PETE. Look around and you will likely find most of the others somewhere in your house.
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