Recycle Plastic

Recycle Plastic: – Recycling plastic is easy, it just looks hard!

Perhaps this New Year you are going to make the resolution to live greener by recycling your cans, cardboard, and plastic.

When you recycle, you are helping the environment because it takes less energy to reformat something that already exists than it does to make something from scratch.

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There are different types of plastic, and some types are more common and easier to recycle than others. You can tell apart the different types of plastic by looking at the plastic code number imprinted at the bottom of the plastic container. You will find it in the middle of a triangle that is made up of three arrows. The numbers go from one to seven, and each number corresponds with a different type of plastic. Don’t worry, you don’t need to remember the scientific names of the plastic, just the numbers.

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Plastic Recycling Codes

What Do The Numbers Mean ?

1. Number One is a common plastic used in water and soda bottles. It’s scientific name is polyethylene terephthalate, or PETE for short. Polyethylene terephthalate is used in the manufacturing of combs, sails, and car bumpers. However, the most common use of recyclable number one plastic is plastic bottles.

2. Milk jugs and detergent bottles are mostly made from Number Two plastic, which is called high-density polyethylene, or HDPE. Since Number one and number two plastic make up most of the consumer plastic purchases, most recycling centers take them.

3. Polyvinyl Chloride is the scientific name for plastic Number Three. You aren’t going to find many places that will accept number three, because it’s just not as common as numbers one and two. Number three plastic is used in automobile dashboards, pipes, and shower curtains.

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4. Number Four is a low-density polyethylene. There is not much of a demand for it at recycling centers, and most will not accept it. It is used for the thinner plastics like plastic wrap, sandwich bags, and the plastic your deli meat comes in.

5. Number Five is reserved for polypropylene, which make things like Tupperware. It doesn’t recycle very well, so most recycling centers won’t take it.

6. Styrofoam is Number Six, and it is widely accepted. So don’t just throw away your coffee cups, they might make up the insulation in your home someday.

7. Everything else gets a Number Seven. It’s rare to find plastic labeled with number seven, so if you find some maybe instead of throwing it away, you can display it in your living room as a conversation piece. (Just Kidding). I don’t know of any recycling centers that take number seven plastic, and if you do, you should count yourself lucky.

So remember, numbers 1, 2, and 6 are good for recycling, numbers 3, 4, and 7 not so much. Chances are, you are going to have more ones and twos than you are sixes, unless you are an extreme coffee drinker or you get a new appliance packed in styrofoam every week. So that makes it easy to save and separate the ones and twos, and the sixes for those special occasions.

So now that you know how easy it is to do, all you have to do now is just do it. An easy way is to get two trash cans, one for number one plastic, and another for number two plastic. When the recycle plastic bin gets full, you simply take them to the recycling center!

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