WHAT IS PLASTIC USED FOR?

Bottles for beverages (e.g., milk, water, juice and soda), foods ( e.g., peanut butter, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise), household detergents, and toiletries (e.g. shampoo, body wash, mouthwash, lotion, medicine). Containers for yogurt, cheese and deli and dairy products. And caps and lids.

WHY RECYCLE PLASTICS CONTAINERS?

Used plastics are valuable resources, versatile and adaptable to many uses. There is a wide market for your recycled plastic bottles and containers. Recycling your plastics helps keep valuable materials out of landfills and helps reduce energy use and emissions.

HOW TO RECYCLE IT?

Roadside, school, work, or public space recycling bins or at local recycling drop-off centers. In some states, beverage containers are returnable to retail outlets or other redemption centers for a refund on the deposit paid when the beverage container was purchased. Lotion bottles and other toiletry items with pumps: empty the contents, discard the pump, and recycle the bottle. Other toiletry bottles: empty the contents, replace the cap, and recycle.

WHAT DOES RECYCLED PLASTIC BECOME?

Once collected, mixed plastics are sorted, baled and sent to a reclaiming facility. There the plastics are cleaned, washed and ground into flakes. The flakes are dried, melted, filtered and formed into pellets. These are sent to a manufacturer to be heated and remolded into a new product. Depending on the kind of plastic, here are just a few things recycling bottles and containers can become. Recycled plastic can be made into new containers and packaging, fiber and fiberfill for clothing, carpeting, car parts and strapping. Another type of plastic can be made into new containers, durable outdoor decks, benches, plastic lumber and playground equipment, and recycling bins. Some recycled plastics are made into car parts and reusable kitchenware like cutting boards, utensils and food storage containers.