Plastic Recycling Tips

Plastics Recycling

Recycling one ton of plastic: Saves 5,774 kWh energy

  • Saves 16.3 barrels (685 gallons) of oil
  • Saves 98 million Btu’s of energy
  • Saves 30 cubic yards of landfill space 

Plastic Recycling Tips : Prepare plastic containers for recycling by ensuring first that they are either:

  1. (PETE): soda-pop bottles, cooking-oil bottles and peanut-butter jars
  2. (HDPF): milk, water and juice bottles, bleach and detergent bottles, margarine tubs and some grocery sacks
  3. (PVC): window cleaner bottles, cooking-oil containers and detergent powder containers
  4. (LDPE): food packaging, shrink-wrap, carryout bags and heavy-duty bags
  5. (PP): butter and margarine tubs, yogurt containers, screw-on caps and drinking straws
  6. (PS): often incorrectly referred to as Foam cups or packing materials, a Dow Chemical brand trademark, the category includes cutlery and plates, foam coffee cups, egg cartons, meat trays and yogurt containers
  7. (Other): squeezable syrup and condiment bottles and some microwave food trays These identification codes are often on the bottom of the plastic container encircled by three chasing arrows.
  • Remove plastic tops from the plastic containers being recycled and rinse containers with water.
  • Crushing containers will help save space while storing them.

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