Which plastic numbers does the County accept?

We accept only #1 and #2 plastic bottles and jugs. This includes water bottles, sports drink bottles, laundry detergent containers, shampoo bottles and any other plastic container with a neck. However, those numbers on the bottoms of containers can be misleading so the best way for consumers to recycle correctly it to pay attention to the shape. The majority of plastic bottles and jugs are #1 and #2.

Plastics #3-7 are not accepted at this time. Unfortunately the chemical makeup of these items leads them to be unmarketable to the manufacturers that are making new items out of recycled materials. Several Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) have accepted these items for the past few years, but there isn't a market for them at this time.

Use our new Recyclopedia tool to search for other waste items, and we'll tell you how to recycle or dispose of them.

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1. What can I put in my cart?
2. Can I still recycle my yogurt cups?
3. Can I put shredded paper in the curbside recycling cart?
4. Which plastic numbers does the County accept?
5. Why can’t I recycle #3-7 plastics?
6. Why isn’t there more information on what plastics can’t go in the cart?
7. Why can’t I recycle plastics without a neck if they are #1 or #2?
8. Does the County accept the same items as recyclable at our convenience centers and for curbside collection or are different items allowed?