Recycling 101: Plastics

We know firsthand how hard it can be to navigate through the mire of symbols and restrictions that dictate what should go into our recycling bins and have spent many hours trying to figure it out ourselves.

Harder still is the fact that many of these rules can be dependent on what city you live in or your local recycling center. So, in an effort to try to make the whole experience easier, we’ve done the deep research into deciphering exactly what you can—and cannot—throw into the bin. We’re kicking off our Recycling 101 series with prevalant Plastics. Be sure to Pin, print, and pass this chart to anyone who needs it (we’ve got it up on our refrigerators already).


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(And for those of you who have ever wondered what the letters mean: 1 PETE stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate, 2 HDPE stands for High Density Polyethylene, 3 PVC stands for Vinyl or Polyvinyl Chloride, 4 LDPE stands for Low Density Polyethylene, 5 PP stands for Polypropylene, 6 PS stands for Polystyrene, 7 Other)