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Ever wonder what those recycling triangles under your bottles and containers stood for? Here's a quick guide.

 

Recycling triangle with the number 1

Plastic #1: PETE or PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

Found in water & soft drink bottles; peanut butter containers; salad dressing & vegetable oil containers.

Recycling triangle with the number 2

Plastic #2: HDPE (High-density polyethylene)

Found on milk jugs & juice bottles; bleach, detergent, & household cleaner bottles; shampoo bottles; butter & yogurt tubs.

Recycling triangle with the number 3

Plastic #3: V (Vinyl) or PVC

Found on window cleaner and detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, and cooking oil containers.

Recycling triangle with the number 4

Plastic #4: LDPE (low-density polyethylene)

Found on some squeezable bottles.

Recycling triangle with the number 5

Plastic #5: PP (polypropylene)

Found on some yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles, caps, and medicine bottles.

Recycling triangle with the number 6

Plastic#6: PS (Polystyrene)

Found on aspirin bottles. (Styrofoam with this symbol is not accepted.)

Recycling triangle with the number 7

Plastic #7: Other/Miscellaneous

Found on three and five-gallon water bottles.