Many are aware that recycling is important. Many are also aware of what products can be recycled. Plastics are a common recyclable. Milk jugs, detergent containers, shopping bags and even pipes are made from plastic that can all be recycled. To know the best way to recycle these products, its best to learn more about their life cycles, including what types of plastics are used for different products.
Were you aware that there are different types of plastic? There is, and the way you determine which type of plastic you have is to locate the little recycling symbol on the product and find the number inside the symbol. That number represents the type of resin made to produce the plastic and these numbers range from 1-7. Each resin is different, therefore, these numbers affect how and where you can recycle plastics. Although, as consumers we don’t have to worry about what number is placed on our plastic products, it is still interesting to realize that different plastics are recycled in different manners.
Plastic is a frequently used product by many. According to the beverage Marketing Corp, the average American consumed 1.6 gallons of bottled water in 1976. In 2006, that number jumped to 28.3 gallons. Six years later we are probably consuming more than that. Recycling just 1 ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of much needed landfill space.
Stop and think what things you have around you right now that are made of plastic. The deli meat container in the refrigerator, the water bottle sitting next to you, Fido’s cage in the corner. All of those things are made of plastic and can be recycled. Take the time today, our environment depends on it.