Some plastic recycling info

From Iowacompact Recycling Plastic by the Numbers

1 (polyethylene terephthatate): water and pop bottles; recycled into pillow fill.

2 (high density polyethylene): plastic milk bottles, detergent bottles; recycled into new detergent bottles.

3 (polyvinyl chloride): take-out boxes, shampoo; recycled into drainage and irrigation pipes.

4 (low-density polyethylene): Grocery bags, shrink wrap; recycled into new bags.

5 (polypropylene): Yogurt containers, bottle caps; recycled into plastic lumber.

6 (polystyrene): Packing peanuts; recycled into plastic lumber, cassette tape boxes.

7 is for “other:” includes squeezable ketchup bottles and microwavable dishes; these items cannot be recycled.

London allows items from 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Update December 1 2011: Recently London has expanded what is allowed. Items 3, 6 and 7 are now permitted, so plastics # 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are allowed, along with aerosol cans and cardboard ‘cans’.

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