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Plastic Resin Codes

Plastic #1: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
Common items: soda bottles, cooking oil bottles, peanut butter jars, microwavable food trays

Plastic #2: High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Common items: milk jugs, juice, shampoo, grocery and retail plastic bags, detergent bottles, cereal box liners 


Plastic #3: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Common items: blister packs, clamshells, clear packaging and shrink wrap for commercial products 


Plastic #4: Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
Common items: produce/newspaper/bread/frozen food bags, trash can liners, food storage containers, lids, plastic utensils, shrink wrap, squeezable food bottles, and toys

Plastic #5: Polypropylene (PP)
Common items: pipette tip racks, aerosol caps, drinking straws, medicine bottles, ketchup bottles, and containers for yogurt, margarine, take-out meals, and deli foods

Plastic #6: Polystyrene (PS)
Common uses: packaging pellets or "Styrofoam peanuts," cups, plastic tableware, meat trays

Plastic #7: Other or Mixed Grade Plastics
Common items: certain kinds of food containers, bottles, and Tupperware




This page was last updated on Nov 27, 2012