Plastics Overview

Plastics play an important role in almost every aspect of our lives. Plastics are used to manufacture everyday products such as beverage containers, toys, and furniture. The widespread use of plastics demands proper end of life management. The largest amount of plastics is found in containers and packaging (e.g., soft drink bottles, lids, shampoo bottles), but they also are found in durable (e.g., appliances, furniture) and non-durable goods (e.g., diapers, trash bags, cups and utensils, medical devices).

The symbol code we’re familiar with – a single digit ranging from 1 to 7 and surrounded by a triangle of arrows – was designed to differentiate types of plastics while providing a uniform coding system for manufacturers.

Plastics Accepted


  • Water, soda and juice bottles
  • Milk and juice jugs
  • Ketchup and salad dressing bottles
  • Dish washing liquid bottles and detergent jugs
  • Shampoo, soap and lotion bottles


  • Styrofoam
  • Microwaveable food trays
  • Plastic wrap
  • Motor oil bottles and other containers that held hazardous products. (*** See also HHW information)

Some counties / locations / service providers recycle:

  • Plastic containers
  • Plastic bags
  • Clear packaging from toys and electronics
  • Cups and containers:
  • Disposable cups and bowls
  • Produce, deli and take out containers

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