21 Jul What do the numbers on recyclable plastic items mean?
Do you know what the numbers on the bottom of recyclable items mean?
Each number is a different kind of plastic that the item is made up of.
#1 – PETE
#2 – HDPE
#3 – PVC
#4 – LDPE
#5 – PP
#6 – PS
#7 – Other
How do you recycle these items?
The first step is to find out what your local recycling program accepts and doesn’t accept. In general though, plastic #’s 1, 2, and 5 can typically be recycled in curbside recycling programs. Plastic #3 may be accepted by some plastic lumber makers, or a local collection center. A lot of stores will have a collection bin for plastic shopping bags made from plastic #4. Plastic #6 typically cannot be recycled, but local collection centers may take these items. Plastic #7 also typically cannot be recycled, so the best option is to follow your municipality’s advice for disposal instructions.
Do your part to properly recycle plastic items!