Plastic Recycling by the Numbers
By Thorne on July 23, 2012
Are you confused about which plastics recycle? I always figured, if it's plastic shouldn't they accept it at my local recycling center?
For awhile I went to one that did accept it, but didn't pay for some of it. That was okay with me. I mean, I figured that as long as it wasn't ending up in the landfill I was doing my part, right? I was dismayed to discover that many small recycling centers accept all of your plastics and then just dump those that they don't handle into the landfill after all.
So I did a little research and found that those little numbers in the middle of the recycle symbol tell a story about your plastic. My nutshell article, Plastic Recycling By The Numbers, lays it all out for you.
After you know which numbers will and won't be paid for, be suure to ask your recycling center if they will accept and recycle the other plastics you bring so you won't be fooled like I was.
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