The City of Huntsville is continually trying to find ways to divert materials from the landfill. The Solid Waste and Recycling Department has several ways that a citizen is able to participate in reduction of waste.These include programs such as
According to National Geographic, a shocking 91% of plastic isn’t recycled. One way to help lower that number is by increasing your knowledge around the different ways various plastic types get recycled. Plastics have seven different recycling codes. Usually the higher the number the more difficult it is to recycle.
1. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET/PETE)
PET or PETE, is very common, easy to recycle, and is accepted by most municipal recycling programs. This type of plastic is commonly found in disposable food and drink containers including: water bottles, pop bottles, prepared/frozen food containers.
2. High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
This type of plastic is non-transparent. It is also widely accepted in municipal recycling programs. HDPE is found in household cleaner bottles, shampoo bottles, yogurt containers, and more.
3. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
PVC is more difficult to recycle than the first two plastics mentioned above. Want to know why? Unfortunately, PVC is known to contain phthalates, a suspected carcinogen. This type of plastic can be found within children’s toys and a variety of bottles including detergent and shampoo.
4. Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
This type of plastic is soft and flexible, and can commonly be found in thin plastic bags. Slowly but surely, this type of plastic is being added as an acceptable item to recycle. However, please check to make sure it’s accepted in your area. One way to work around this is to use reusable fabric bags instead of the plastic version.
5. Polypropylene (PP)
This type of plastic can be found in straws, soft-drink cups, and other food containers like utensils. PP Plastic can be recycled, but to be safe please check to make sure it’s accepted locally.
6. Polystyrene (PS)
This type of plastic is also known as styrofoam, which is commonly used in takeout containers and disposable cups. Unfortunately, PS contains styrene which is a known carcinogen. It is not commonly accepted within recycling programs.
Includes plastics not included in the previous six categories, including BPA, polycarbonate and bio-based plastics.