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plastic bottles for recycling

Plastic bottles and jugs marked #1 and #2 are collected with the CONTAINERS recycling category. Only bottles, jugs and screw-top jar shapes are accepted. These are "blow-molded" plastics and are compatible with recycling. Other tub/cup shapes are "injection molded" and are NOT compatible, regardless of the number.

Do Recycle

  • Water/Sports Drink Bottles
  • Milk jugs
  • Salad Dressing Bottles
  • Soap and Shampoo Bottles
  • Labels and caps are OK

Do Not Recycle

  • Molded Plastic Toys
  • Plastic Bags or Film
  • Plastic Utensils or Plates
  • Foam/Polystyrene
  • Wide Mouth plastic tubs


recycling numbers found on plastic bottles








What's the Deal with the Numbers?

Today you will find soda, milk, juice, water, ketchup, Jam, other condiments, health and beauty products, and cleaning products in plastic containers.

These containers are generally bottles. Approximately 95% of all plastic bottles are of two resin types: polyethylene terepthalate (PET or PETE ) and high density polyethylene (HDPE). PET bottles usually have a number one on the bottom and HDPE usually have a number two.

Look for the SPI (Society of Plastics Industry) code on the bottom of all plastic food and beverage containers. Bottles with #1 and #2 are accepted.

Did you Know? Plastics are sorted by type at the recycling facility. Most plastics are shredded into flakes, melted into pellets and then formed into new products including: plastic lumber, bottles, polyester used for carpets or jacket filling, benches, plastic pots, etc.