Here in Plano, TX, we can put plastic containers with the numbers 1-7 in our recycling carts now. We still don’t put any plastic bags in the carts, and no Styrofoam, or “packing peanuts”.
My condominium complex is getting two more recycling carts to handle the added items. We are filling nine 96-gallon carts to the brim every week now as we enter our fourth year of recycling.
Just what do the different plastic numbers mean?
Soda, beverage and mouthwash bottles, food jars
High DensityPolyethelyne (HDPE)
Milk and water jugs, detergents, cleaners, oil bottles, toys
Cooking oil bottles, garbage cans, salad dressing bottles
Low DensityPolyethelyne (LDPE)
Food storage containers
Most bottle tops, video cassette cases
Clean food trays. Plastic cups, throwaway utensils, plastic toys, garbage cans.
Plastic containers, plastic plates
© 2008 Nancy L. Ruder