Plastic comes from two natural resources:
petroleum and natural gas.
Plastic soft drink bottles (coded 1) can be recycled into:
- Scouring pads
- Quilted jackets
- Detergent bottles
- Polyester filling for sleeping bags
Plastic water bottles (coded 2) can be recycled into:
- Plastic bins
- Car parts
- Plastic pipe
Medical & Electronic packaging (coded 3) can be recycled into:
Tubs for electronic components.
Polystyrene (coded 6) used in CD cases and electronic component reels can be recycled into:
- Office supplies (pens, rulers, trays),
- Waste cans
- CD cases,
- Park benches
- Picnic tables
- Playground equipment
Other types of plastic containers are not being recycled at this time because it is difficult to find markets for reuse and resale. Separation costs are also a problem.
Understanding the Recycling Numbers on Plastic Containers