Your go-to guide for waste & recycling in the Twin Cities.
The small number enclosed by the chasing arrows symbol on the bottom of a container is called a "resin code" and indicates the general category of plastic it's made from, not whether or not it can be recycled.
Flip over a plastic container, and you’ll likely see a familiar symbol. Triangular in shape, the symbol looks like three arrows chasing one another around a number. The symbol, and the number contained within, helps identify the type of plastic that the container is made from. It doesn’t indicate whether or not the container can be recycled.
In the Twin Cities metro area all plastic bottles and tubs labeled with a #1, #2, #4, or #5 are collected for home recycling.
Some recycling haulers may accept more types of plastics. Plastic containers labeled #1 through #7 and plastic bags can now be recycled in some cities. Call your city recycling coordinator or recycling service provider for detailed information on materials accepted in your area.
You can recycle #5 plastic containers such as yogurt and margarine tubs through the Preserve Gimme 5 program. Gimme 5 collection bins are located at the following Whole Foods:
Due to plastic commodity markets and new technologies at recycling facilities, materials collected through residential recycling programs are subject to change.
Non-recyclable plastic containers may be placed in the garbage.
Try to reduce the amount of hard to recycle plastics in your home.
Find ways to use those plastic containers for something else instead of disposing of them.
The number on the bottom of a container indicates the general category of plastic it's made from, but doesn't contain any information on the details of the plastic composition. For example, although a yogurt cup may be made from #2 plastic, (the same type of material as a recyclable milk jug or bleach bottle), it contains different dyes, plasticizers, UV inhibitors, softeners, and other chemicals required to shape it into a cup. That mix of additives changes the properties of the plastic and makes it incompatible with the plastic used to make bottles.
As local recycling markets and technologies develop, more types of plastics are being collected for recycling.
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