- #1 PETE or PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate): Used for clear beverage bottles. Widely recyclable, check with your local recycler.
- #2 HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) : Used for colored bottles and jugs, yogurt containers and other tubs. Widely recyclable, check with your local recycler.
- #3 PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride): Used in some cling wrap and bottles as well as pipes and other construction materials. Not widely recyclable.
- #4 LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene): used for garbage bags, food storage bags, some cling wraps and bottles. Not widely recyclable.
- #5 PP (Polypropylene): Used in butter tubs, baby bottles and other rigid containers. Not widely recyclable.
- #6 PS (Polystryene): Used in foam trays, takeout containers, coolers and egg cartons (also those little black plates you see at banquets). Not widely recyclable. Recommended to avoid.
- #7 Other (includes polycarbonate and mixed materials). This is a tough one. While some things in this category are not widely recyclable, biodegradable and compostable containers are often lumped into this "other" category. When you see #7, ask more questions.
Check with the venue or local hauler to determine what types of plastic are readily recyclable. As an example in Portland, Oregon, #1 and #2 plastic can recycle curbside, all others except #6 can be taken to a local recycling center.
What about #6? Well, good luck finding anyplace to accept it for recycling, it is nearly impossible. Think of it as the sign of the devil 666, don't use it, order it, or otherwise come in contact!
Otherwise, keep these friendly numbers in mind when purchasing or ordering.