Many plastic products have the triangle made of arrows with a number in the middle. The number in the triangle symbol tells you only the kind of plastic an item is - it cannot tell you whether or not it is recycled in your local program.
To search what recyclable in Palm Beach County, visit Is This Recyclable?
Here is a handy chart explaining the numbers and the types of plastics:
|Resin Identification Code||Type of Resin Content||Examples of Products Made of Plastic Type|
(Not all of these can be recycled in Palm Beach County)
| ||PET - Polyethylene Terephthalate||Water and soft drink bottles; mouthwash bottles; peanut butter containers; salad dressing and vegetable oil containers|
| ||HDPE - High-density Polyethylene||Milk jugs; bleach, detergent and household cleaner bottles; shampoo bottles; motor oil bottles; butter and yogurt tubs|
| ||Vinyl or PVC||Window cleaner and detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles|
| ||LDPE - Low-density Polyethylene||Squeezable bottles; carpet|
| ||PP – Polypropylene||Some yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles, caps, medicine bottles|
| ||PS – Polystyrene||Egg cartons, meat trays, disposable plates and cups, carry-out containers|
| ||Other - Mixed Plastics||Three- and five-gallon water bottles, certain food containers|
For example, a large container may be marked with a #2, telling us it's made of high density polyethylene. But that's all it can tell us: the symbol can't tell you whether not a particular item is recyclable in a specific recycling program.
In Palm Beach County, plastic containers that are smaller than 2 gallons and marked with #1 through #7 are recyclable. This includes plastic restaurant takeout containers, laundry detergent jugs, soda bottles, yogurt cups, butter tubs and disposable party cups.
The one exception to this is foam containers, usually marked with #6. They are not recyclable in your blue or yellow bins. These should go back to your local grocer for recycling or placed in your garbage to be reused into energy.