Most plastic bags are made from high-density polyethylene (#2 plastic), but the thinner-material bags (such as produce bags) are made from low-density polyethylene (#4 plastic).
Remove anything inside the bags, such as receipts, stickers or crumbs. All these items will contaminate your bag load.
Keep a bag collection bin in your house, such as one big garbage bag for all bags. Since they compact easily, you should be able to fit 50 to 100 plastic bags in one garbage bag
Make sure any bags you are recycling have a #2 or #4 plastic symbol on them. If not, you can’t be sure what plastic resin the bag is made from, so you’ll want to reuse it instead, before eventually throwing it away
Plastic bags are among the most common sources of marine debris, where they can be mistaken as food by birds and fish
Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, meaning it will take hundreds of years for them to decompose in a landfill Recycling a ton of plastic bags (about 450,000 bags) saves 11 barrels of oil
Plastic caps & lids are made of a different plastic resin than the bottle or jug they secure. Most caps are made of polypropylene (#5 plastic), with some (like sports drink bottles) composed of high-density polyethylene (#2 plastic). Plastic bottles and jugs are typically #1 or #2 plastic. Plastic Cap & Lid Recycling Preparation
For plastic bottles, you need to ask your local recycling program whether caps are accepted before trying to recycle them with the bottle. Some will ask you to leave them on, some accept caps but want them separated, and some will ask you to throw them away.
For plastic containers (e.g. butter tubs, yogurt cartons), the lid is usually made of the same material as the base. If the container is #5 plastic, odds are strong that the lid is as well. In these cases, feel free to reattach the lid before recycling if your program accepts non-bottle plastics.
Most bottles and jugs are #1 plastic (PET) or #2 plastic (HDPE), which are both accepted by most curbside recycling programs. Plastic Bottle and Jug Recycling Preparation
Most recycling programs ask that you rinse your bottles and jugs before recycling. The remnants often contain sugar, which will attract insects and generate odors.
You’ll want to check with your local program whether to keep caps on the bottles, or whether caps are accepted at all. Some programs want the cap on to prevent loose caps from falling out during transportation. Others want the cap off to ensure the bottle is empty and because their recycling machinery may be damaged when trying to crush a capped bottle.
You should be OK leaving the label on the bottle, but it’s unlikely to be recycled since it’s a low-grade quality of paper or plastic.
Plastic bottles are among the most common sources of marine debris, where they can be mistaken as food by birds and fish
Plastic bottles don’t biodegrade, meaning it will take hundreds of years for them to decompose in a landfill
Using recycled plastic to make new products saves 66 percent of the energy over using virgin material
Plastic bottles are manufactured using a process called blow molding, which allows them more rigidity. Plastic containers (anything without a “neck”) are manufactured by injection molding, which creates a very stable product. While this means you’re more likely to reuse a plastic container to store leftovers than a bottle, one of the first steps in plastic recycling is to crush and bale the material.
If you try to crush a yogurt container or butter tub, it will crack and be difficult to bale. If you don’t crush these containers, they will cost as “air weight” when they are transferred to the plastic recycler.
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