Outdoor Advocacy

#1 – #7 Plastics – Why Single-Stream Recycling is Needed

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In our daily actions many make like a water-stream, finding the path of least resistance. Our schedules are full and our time valuable, we function on efficiency and convenience. Drive-thrus and doorstep deliveries, online shopping and instant potatoes; we can accomplish a lot because so many things have become easier to operate. So here for you today, in midst of your busy schedules, are the seven plastic recycling numbers for you to remember and sort correctly:

#1 Plastics: PET or PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate)  

  • Found in soft drink bottles, Nutella containers, and Hungry-Man microwaveable dinners

#2 Plastics: HDPE (High Density Polyethylene)

  • Found in Milk Jugs, juice bottles, and some shopping¬†

#3 Plastics: PVC

  • Found in cleaning bottles, detergent bottles, and shampoo bottles

#4 Plastics: LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene)

  • Found in some other plastic shopping bags and squeezable bottles

#5 Plastics: PP (Polypropylene)

  • Found in yogurt containers and medicine bottles

#6 Plastics: PS (Polystyrene)

  • Found in disposable plates and cups, egg cartons, and c.d. cases

#7 Plastics: Miscellaneous 

  • Such items as 3-5 gallon water jugs or sunglasses.

Got all of that? Good. Now sorting your recycling into separate containers according to its corresponding number should be no problem. Luckily for us though single-stream recycling is being implemented across the country. You can (almost) ignore the numbers completely and throw any plastic with a number into the recycling bin under the single-stream recycling method. Add in the cardboard and paper plus a little curbside pick-up, and suddenly you may need a recycling bin that’s larger then your trash can.

By Brad Lane

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