Recyclable Plastics: By the Numbers
1: PET or PETE is made of polyethylene terephthalate
#1 is commonly found on water, soft drink, and juice bottles. It's easy to recycle and accepted in virtually all recycling programs.
2: HDPE is made of high-density polyethylene
You find #2 on shampoo bottles, milk jugs, and laundry detergent bottles. #2 plastics are also very easy to recycle.
3: PVC is made of polyvinyl chloride
PVC is used in shower curtains, children's toys, and fashion accessories, as well as some detergent and spray bottles. It is sometimes recyclable, although some people try to avoid it altogether as it is reported to be a carcinogen. Try searching 1800recycling.com to find a drop off location.
4: LDPE is low-density polyethylene
#4 is commonly used in shopping bags, reusable food containers, and baby bottles. While curbside recycling doesn't usually accept #4, many large grocery chains accept shopping bags for recycling.
5: PP is polypropylene
PP is most often found as yogurt and deli take-out containers and reusable food storage like Rubbermaid or Tupperware. Some recycling programs accept #5.
6: PS is polystyrene
You'll find #6 stamped on plastic egg containers, takeout food boxes, and plastic silverware. Some recycling programs accept #6.
7: None of the above
#7 is the catchall plastic number for everything else, usually composed of more than one kind of plastic. Because of this, it pretty much can't be recycled at all.