June 4, 2010

Recycle By Numbers

Poly(ethylene terephthalate):  Soda bottles, water bottles, vinegar bottles, medicine containers, backing for photography film.  NO KNOWN HAZARDS.  ACCEPTED AT MOST RECYCLING CENTERS.

High-density Polyethylene:  Containers for:  laundry/dish detergent, fabric softeners, bleach, milk, shampoo, conditioner, motor oil. Newer bullet proof vests, various toys.  NO KNOWN HAZARDS.  ACCEPTED AT MOST RECYCLING CENTERS.

Poly(vinyl cloride):  Pipes, shower curtains, meat wraps, cooking oil bottles, baby bottle nipples, shrink wrap, clear medical tubing, vinyl dashboards and seat covers, coffee containers.  KNOWN POTENTIAL HEALTH HAZARDS.  RARELY ACCEPTED,  SOMETIMES BY PLASTIC LUMBER MAKERS.

Low-density Polyethylene:  Wrapping films, grocery bags, sandwich bags.  NO KNOWN HAZARDS.  RARELY ACCEPTED,  CHECK YOUR LOCAL RECYCLING CENTER.  RETURN GROCERY BAGS TO THE STORE.

Polypropylene:  Tupperware®, syrup bottles, yogurt tubs, diapers, outdoor carpet.  NO KNOWN HAZARDS.  "PRESERVE GIMME 5" RECYCLING LOCATIONS.

Polystyrene:  Coffee cups, disposable cutlery and cups (clear and colored), bakery shells, meat trays, "cheap" hubcaps, packing peanuts, styrofoam insulation.  KNOWN POTENTIAL HEALTH HAZARDS.  ACCEPTED AT MOST RECYCLING CENTERS.

The hotdog of plastics!  Products labeled as "other" are made of any combination of 1-6 or another, less commonly used plastic.  KNOWN POTENTIAL HEALTH HAZARDS.  RETURN TO MANUFACTURER FOR PROPER DISPOSAL.

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