What Plastic is Recyclable
You need to check three things to find out if a plastic item is recyclable at the curb: the shape, the type of plastic, and the contents.
- Shape: Only plastic bottles can be recycled. If the neck isn't smaller than the bottom, it can't be recycled. Solid Waste Services CANNOT recycle a plastic container with any other shape such as a tub, jar, bag or tray.
- Type of Plastic: Once you've determined that your item is a bottle, check the bottom for a number with the recycling arrows around it. The number indicates the type of plastic that was used to make the bottle. Only bottles made from #1 or #2 plastic can be recycled.
- Contents: If the bottle contained motor oil, bug spray, weed killer, adhesives, paints or solvents, it cannot be recycled no matter what type of plastic it was made from.
Examples of Recyclable Plastic
- Water, soda and juice bottles
- Milk jugs
- Shampoo, conditioner & liquid soap bottles
- Detergent bottles
- Bleach and all-purpose cleaner bottles
These Plastics Go In Your Garbage Cart
- Yogurt & margarine tubs
- Plastic bags & packaging
- Microwave trays
- Disposable plates, cups & utensils
- Containers used to hold bakery products, produce and take-out food
- Motor oil bottles
How to Recycle Plastic
Please rinse the bottles and put the lids in the garbage. Put the plastic bottles in your recycling bin with your glass and metal containers.