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Recycling Codes

Recycling codes are numbers that represent what material an item is made of. They help determine whether an item can be recycled.

Get to know recycling codes and find out which numbers are accepted in your community:

Number 1 – Picked up through most curbside recycling programs. Found in soft drink and water bottles, and peanut butter and salad dressing containers.

Number 2 – Picked up through most curbside recycling programs. Found in milk jugs, juice bottles, detergent and household cleaner bottles, and shampoo bottles.

Number 3 – Rarely recycled; accepted by some plastic lumber makers. Found in window cleaner bottles, shampoo bottles and cooking oil bottles.

Number 4 – Not often recycled through curbside programs, but some communities will accept them. Found in bread, frozen food and shopping bags.

Number 5 – Can be recycled through some curbside programs. Found in yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles and caps.

Number 6 – Can be recycled through some curbside programs. Found in egg cartons, CD cases and disposable plates and cups.

Number 7 – Rarely recycled; some curbside programs are starting to take them. Found in sunglasses, DVDs, iPod and computer cases, and certain food containers.

Image courtesy of Howard County, MD.

did you know

Learn some interesting facts about recycling!

  • In 2012, Americans recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of materials, saving enough energy to power 10 million U.S. homes for a year!

 

  • The energy saved by recycling one plastic bottle will power a laptop computer for 2.5 hours. The energy saved by recycling one aluminum will power a laptop for 5.2 hours!

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  • November 15, 2014 is American Recycles Day! Try to recycle as much as you can on this day…and every day!

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