Plastics Recycling


Plastic comes from two natural resources:

petroleum and natural gas.

Plastic soft drink bottles (coded 1) can be recycled into:

  • Carpet
  • Paintbrushes
  • Skis
  • Rope
  • Scouring pads
  • Surfboards
  • Quilted jackets
  • Detergent bottles
  • Pillows
  • Polyester filling for sleeping bags

Plastic water bottles (coded 2) can be recycled into:

  • Plastic bins
  • Flowerpots
  • Car parts
  • Plastic pipe
  • Crates
  • Toys
  • Bottles

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
  • Fencing
  • 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