Recycling Numbers

Cities, towns and recycling stations will often only accept plastics for recycling which fall into specific numbered categories. Below is a complete listing of these catagories as well as a brief description and some samples of what products or containers fall into each.

Plastic Type Acceptable Plastic Recycled Products Characteristics
PET
POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE
SOFT DRINK BOTTLES, PEANUT BUTTER JARS, MOUTHWASH, SALAD DRESSING, LIQUID DISH DETERGENT BOTTLES, ANY POST CONSUMER BOTTLES CODED #1 CARPETS, PAINT BRUSHES, LIQUID SOAP BOTTLES, INSULATION FOR CLOTHING, SURFBOARDS, HOUSEHOLD CLEANSER BOTTLES, SCOURING PADS, TENNIS BALLS TOUGH; SHATTERPROOF
HDPE
HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE
MILK, WATER, JUICE, VINEGAR BOTTLES, SOME DAIRY TUBS & SOME LIQUID DETERGENT BOTTLES DETERGENT & BLEACH BOTTLES, TRASH BAGS, TRASH CANS, PAILS, TOYS, PLASTIC LUMBER, FRISBEES, FLY SWATTERS, TRAFFIC BARRIERS FLEXIBLE; TRANSLUCENT
PVC
POLYVINYL CHLORIDE
SHAMPOO BOTTLES, COOKING OIL BOTTLES, SOME COSMETIC BOTTLES, MINERAL WATER, SALAD DRESSING BOTTLES FLOOR MATS, PIPES, HOSES, MUD FLAPS CLEAR, HARDY, CHEMICAL RESISTANT
LDPE
LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE
FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS, DAIRY CONTAINER LIDS, FABRIC SOFTENER BOTTLES GARBAGE CAN LINERS, GROCERY, LITTER & CONVENTION BAGS, FRISBEES, PLASTIC LUMBER & LAWN FURNITURE TOUGH, LIGHTWEIGHT, FLEXIBLE, INERT; WATERPROOF
PP
POLYPROPYLENE
YOGURT CONTAINERS, MEDICINE BOTTLES, DELI CONTAINERS, COSMETIC CONTAINERS, FROZEN JUICE CANS BROOMS, SNOW BRUSHES, PAINT BUCKETS, VIDEO CASSETTE CASES, FAST FOOD TRAYS, LAWN MOWER WHEELS, BATTERY PARTS, ICE SCRAPERS GOOD TENSILE STRENGTH; HEAT & CHEMICAL RESISTANT, STIFF & HARD
PS
POLYSTYRENE
YOGURT CUPS & TUBS, COOKIE & MUFFIN TRAYS, CLEAR CARRYOUT CONTAINERS, ASPIRIN & VITAMIN BOTTLES (NO STYROFOAM) VIDEO CASSETTES, FLOWER POTS, TRASH CANS, FOOD SERVICE TRAYS, BUILDING INSULATION, DESK TOP ACCESSORIES LIKE LETTER OPENERS & RULERS BRITTLE, CLEAR; GOOD THERMAL
OTHER
OTHER PLASTIC
KETCHUP SQUEEZE BOTTLES, SYRUP BOTTLES, WINDEX BOTTLES, 5 GALLON WATER COOLER BOTTLES ICE SCRAPERS, SNOW BRUSHES, STREET SIGNS, PENS & CONCRETE SUPPORTS VARIES ACCORDING TO RESIN MEXTURE
THIS CHART IS BY NO MEANS A DEFINITIVE LISTING OF CODED PLASTICS & THEIR USES, IT IS INTENDED ONLY TO GIVE A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF PLASTIC RECYCLING BY IDENTIFYING THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF POST CONSUMER PLASTICS & LISTING SOME TYPICAL ORIGINAL & RECYCLED PRODUCTS MADE FROM THOSE PLASTICS.

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