Plastic Recycling

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Plastic, plastic everywhere!!!  There are over 204 different types of plastics used in the world today.  Types 1 and 2 are the most commonly used plastics and are the easiest to recycle.  Some of types 3,5 and 7 are recyclable but most are not.  The recycling symbol is used to indicate that they are recyclable if the market is available.  Currently, Columbia County only accepts types 1 and 2 because our processors do not collect higher numbers at this time. 

What is the difference in the types of plastics?  The chart below indicates the most popular types of plastics and some common uses.



Polyethylene Terephalate Ethylene PETE goes into soft drink, juice, water, detergent, and cleaner bottles. Also used for cooking and peanut butter jars.


plastic symbol identification

plastic 2  

High Density Polyethylene High Density Polyethylene HDPE goes into milk and water jugs, bleach bottles,
detergent and shampoo. Plastic bags and grocery sacks, motor oil bottles, household cleaners and butter tubs.


plastic 3  

Polyvinyl Chloride PVC goes into window cleaner, cooking oils, and detergent bottles. Also used for peanut butter jars and water jugs.


plastic 4  

Low Density Polyethylene LDPE goes into plastic bags and grocery sacks, dry cleaning bags and flexible film packaging. Also some bottles.


plastic 5  

Polypropylene PP goes into caps, disks, syrup bottles, yogurt tubs, straws and film packaging.


plastic 6  

Polystyrene PS goes into meat trays, egg cartons, plates, cutlery, carry-out containers and clear trays.




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