Most commonly found in beverage bottles, which are widely recyclable and accepted in curbside programs.
high density polyethylene
Some beverage containers, such as milk jugs, which are widely recyclable and accepted in curbside programs.Other uses, such as for shopping bags, are recycled less and are not accepted in curbside programs.
vinyl/polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
Used in some food packaging and in personal care products. Not accepted in most curbside programs. PVC can be toxic.
low density polyethylene
Used as clear wrap in food packaging and in garbage bags.Not accepted in most curbside programs.
Used in some rigid plastic food containers such as ketchup bottles and in medicine bottles.Not accepted in most curbside programs.
Foamed form used in takeout food packaging and is not accepted in curbside programs as it is uneconomical to recycle.Its solid form, used to make hard casings such as CD jewel cases, is not accepted in curbside programs either. PS is a principle component of marine debris and litter.
Other plastics, including composites, which are not accepted in curbside programs.Currently the other category includes compostable bioplastics such as PLA, which are accepted in some curbside food composting programs.