You’re an eco-conscious individual – you try to use less of what you can and recycle what you do. But when it comes to plastics, just what can you recycle? Some, like 1L soda bottles, are obvious, but what about milk bottles? Or blister packs? What about plastic bags?
Fortunately, that little on the bottom of your plastics can tell you a lot about how to dispose of them properly. So if you’re wondering if you can throw your take-out boxes in the recycling bin, refer to this handy guide:
#1 – PET
PET is one of the most widely used and recycled plastic resins. Found in plastic drink bottles and microwavable food trays, most can be disposed of in standard curbside recycling bins.
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#2 – HDPE (High Density Polyethylene)
HDPE is a resilient plastic film commonly used in plastic grocery bags, as well as drink bottles (notably milk jugs), and non-food containers (such as those for shampoo or detergent). Plastic grocery bags are notoriously hard to recycle, and for the most part, can only be recylced by bringing them back to the store, but other HDPE products can be left in the curbside recycling bin as well.
The material of Jerry cans from Qiming is PE. Various sizes can meet different requirements
#3 – PVC
PVC is another strong plastic that’s highly resistant to impact and grease and oils, found commonly in meat wraps, medical packaging, pipes, and blister packs/clamshell packaging. Unfortunately, PVC is a very difficult plastic to recycle, and due to the chemicals used in its manufacture, even a small amount can contaminate up to a half ton of recycled plastic. Check with your local recycling firms before depositing PVC products in your recycle bins.
The material of egg trays from Qiming is PVC.Various sizes can meet different requirements.
#4– PP (PolyPropylene)
Among other uses, PP is most commonly used as bottle caps for plastic bottles. Unlike the PET bottles, though, PP caps cannot be recycled in the same process. While some municipalities (for example, the majority of California), will accept #5 plastic in their curbside recycling program, double-check beforehand and always remove the caps from your bottles first. Plastic buckets, Round, square and rectangle are all available.
#5 – Other
Given the miscellaneous nature of plastics in this category, almost no municipal recycling program will accept #7 plastic in their curbside bins. On the other hand, biodegradable plastics fit into this category. These plant-based plastics can only be composted in an industrial composting recycling facility, though, so contact your local composting center for more information on how to properly dispose of these plastics.
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