NOTE: As of April 23, 2013, the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) accepts more kinds of plastic for recycling. Our instructional videos, produced in 2009, New York City does not provide recycling bins for residents. Use any labeled bin (preferably green for paper and blue for glass/metal/plastic/beverage cartons) RECYCLING PLASTICS IS. 1, 2, 3 (4, 5, 6, 7)! The numbers shown inside the chasing arrows refer to different types of plastics used in making.
RECYCLING PLASTICS IS. 1, 2, 3 (4, 5, 6, 7)! The numbers shown inside the chasing arrows refer to different types of plastics used in making. Recycling in New York City can be complicated. Once separated, they need to be placed in clear plastic bags or recycling bins. and Kiehl’s will give you free products for returning a certain number of empty containers. “Previous New Yorkers could only recycle plastic ones and twos, which were essentially just plastic bottles,” explained Ron Gonen, the city’ “Starting today, if it’s rigid plastic, any kind of rigid plastic, recycle it,” high number of apartment buildings also depressed recycling rates, Learn about glass, metal, plastic, and paper recycling.
Businesses must keep records of plastic bag recycling, including the number of bags received and recycled. It is the business’ Here’s a guide to recycling for NYC residents. The other is metal, glass, plastic and cartons. Plastic bottles (with their caps and lids!)
Since not all types of plastics are accepted, you should contact your local recycling coordinator to find out what types of plastics are being recycled through your local recycling program.
We use plastic every day in our daily life, but we don’t even know how much waste we generate. Millions of tons of plastic are sent to landfills every year. Bottles, any kind of packaging, garbage bags, plastic containers and so on – this is something without which it is hard enough to imagine our life. However, as the amount of plastic used increases from year to year, it is important to be aware of what types of plastic are being recycled.
Surely you have seen on plastic products a triangle in the form of arrows with numbers inside it – this is called the Mobius Loop. The Society of Plastic Industry has developed numbers within triangles that refer to different types of resins used in the manufacture of various plastic products and containers. It is also important to note that the different resin types give different characteristics to packaging and different plastic products.
However, you should be aware that if you see this symbol on a product or package, this does not mean that the product is being recycled as part of your local recycling program. To find out, you should check your local recycling program rules or contact your local recycling coordinator for more information. This way, you will be able to find out what types of containers are accepted and contribute to the recycling of plastic.
However, what do these numbers mean?
You can find numbers from 1 to 7, where each of them has its own explanation. Explore more information on these numbers below:
1 – Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
You’ve probably heard of Polyethylene terephthalate at least once in your life, as it is used to make bottles (often soft drink bottles and peanut butter jars). PET is processed into fiberfill for sleeping bags, carpet fibers, rope, pillows and so on.
2 – High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
High-density polyethylene can be found in detergent, shampoo bottles and milk jugs. HDPEs are often recycled into recycling bins and non food bottles.
3 – Polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC)
Polyvinyl chloride is used in household goods and other personal care products. PVCs are recycled into drainage and irrigation pipes.
4 – Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
Low-density polyethylene is used in shrink wrap, bread bags and bubble wrap. LDPE can be recycled into flooring and furniture.
5 – Polypropylene (PP)
Polypropylene is often used in dairy products tubs and can be recycled into brushes, brooms and garden rakes.
6 – Polystyrene (PS)
Polystyrene is famous for its many forms. It can be found in both a rigid, clear plastic and a foamed material. Also Polystyrene is used in other different forms for construction and building projects.
Typically, Polystyrene is used in disposable food containers, as well as loose fill packaging materials and trays (for packaged raw meat, fish and eggs).
Important! Please note that most local recycling programs do not accept this material for recycling as it is difficult to sort and is not economically viable.
7 – Other
This includes a mixture of different plastics.