What Types of Plastics Can Be Recycled? September 2011

Eco-Tip for September from the Town of Cumberland Town Crier

All #1 – #7 plastics are now accepted.

Usually located on the bottom of the package, this number is code for each specific type of plastic:

#1 PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) – Fizzy drink bottles, oven-ready meal trays and water bottles

#2 HDPE (High-density polyethylene) – Milk bottles, detergent bottles, yogurt and margarine tubs, cereal box liners and grocery, trash and retail bags

#3 PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) – Cling film (plastic food wrap), vegetable oil bottles, loose-leaf binders and construction products such as plastic pipes

#4 LDPE (Low-density polyethylene) – Dry cleaning bags, produce bags, trash can liners, bread bags, frozen food bags and squeezable bottles, such as mustard and honey

#5 PP (Polypropylene) – Ketchup bottles, medicine bottles, aerosol caps, drinking straws

#6 PS (Polystyrene) – Compact disc jackets, grocery store meat trays, egg cartons, aspirin bottles, foam packaging peanuts and plastic tableware

#7 Other – 3- and 5-gallon reusable water bottles, certain food containers, and Tupperware

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