Recycling Plastic

1 -- PET (Polyethylene terephthalate)

  • PET is used in the production of soft drink bottles, peanut butter jars.
  • PET can be recycled into fiberfill for sleeping bags, carpet fibers, rope, pillows.

2 -- HDPE (High-density polyethylene)

  • HDPE is found in milk jugs, butter tubs, detergent bottles, motor oil bottles.
  • HDPE can be recycled into flower pots, trash cans, traffic barrier cones, detergent bottles.

3 -- V (Polyvinyl chloride)

  • PVC is used in shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, fast food service items.
  • PVC can be recycled into drainage and irrigation pipes.

4 -- LDPE (Low-density polyethylene)

  • LDPE is found in grocery bags, bread bags, shrink wrap, margarine tub tops.
  • LDPE can be recycled into new grocery bags.

5 -- PP (Polypropylene)

  • PP is used in most yogurt containers, straws, pancake syrup bottles, bottle caps.
  • PP can be recycled into plastic lumber, car battery cases, manhole steps.

6 -- PS (Polystyrene)

  • PS is found in disposable hot cups, packaging materials (peanuts), and meat trays.
  • PS can be recycled into plastic lumber, cassette tape boxes, flower pots.

7 -- Other

  • This is usually a mixture of various plastics, like squeeze ketchup bottles, "microwaveable" dishes.