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Friends of the Earth: Why can't we just recycle all plastic?

Long story short… not all plastic is created equal. Plastics are classified into seven categories. Resin Identification Codes (RIC) identify the plastic resin that the product is made out of. 1 means polyethylene terephthalate (such as PET plastic bottles), 2 means high-density polyethylene (HDPE), 3 means polyvinyl chloride (PVC), 4 means low-density polyethylene (LDPE), 5 means polypropylene (PP), 6 means polystyrene (PS) and, 7 means plastic other than the first six or is a mixture. Different packaging types do not have the same physical and chemical properties therefore will not recycle equally. 

Brittany Feltner, Education Coordinator at Henry County Solid Waste District. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@HenryCountyRecycles). #HenryCountyRecycles

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