What are the different kinds of plastics?
Generally speaking, a No. 1-coded bottle is a plastic drink bottle, salad dressing bottle, peanut butter jar, and others that can be heated in a microwave.

No. 2 items include: Milk jugs, water, and juice containers; and also those for cosmetics, shampoos, laundry products, yogurt and margarine tubs; cereal box liners; grocery, trash and retail bags, food storage bags; and trash bags like Hefty and Glad as well as plastic wrap.

No. 3 items are seen less frequently and are things like clear food and non-food packaging.

No. 4 items: Frozen food bags, squeezable bottles like those for honey and mustard, etc.

No. 5 items: Plastics that hold items already mentioned like catsup bottles, yogurt cups, margarine tubs, and medicine bottles.

No. 6 items: Categories include grocery store plastic meat trays, aspirin bottles, cups, plates and cutlery.

No. 7 items: Three and five-gallon reusable water bottles, and some citrus juice and catsup bottles.

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1. What is single-stream recycling?
2. How much does single-stream recycling cost?
3. Why use single-stream recycling?
4. I shred my junk mail. Is that ok?
5. What if I have broken glass? Can I put that in my bin?
6. How do I know if my plastic is a 1 or a 7, and what difference does it make?
7. What are the different kinds of plastics?
8. Is there anything I can’t recycle?
9. Can I recycle containers that have had such things as insecticides, herbicides, motor oil and additives, antifreeze, Clorox and other household cleaners in them?
10. Who can I call if I have any questions?