ATTN: No Curbside Recycling collection will occur on the 4th of July holiday, but will instead be delayed one day that week with collections happening Wed-Sat. Monday (7/3) routes are as usual.

Guide to Plastics #1–7 and PLA

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Guide to Plastics #1-7, PLA 

Information on this table pertains to Washtenaw County residents only. 

#1 PET or PETE Polyethylene Terephthalate

  

RECYCLABILITY 

The City of Ann Arbor accepts all #1 bottle and tub-shaped containers in the curbside recycling program. #1 bottle shapes are accepted in other recycling programs throughout Washtenaw County. Non-bottle shapes of #1 PET are less commonly recycled. If your hauler is not Recycle Ann Arbor (who accepts this), check first.  

   

COMMON PRODUCTS (MARKED/ LABELED): Plastic beverage containers (soft drink, water, and juice bottles, etc.), plastic food containers (peanut butter, salad dressing, etc.) 

COMMON PRODUCTS (UNMARKED/ UNLABELED):  Fleece products (blankets, outwear), comforter fill

REUSED IN THESE RECYCLED CONTENT PRODUCTS: Food and beverage bottles and containers, fleece wear, polyester, carpet, luggage

 

#2 HDPE High-density polyethylene

  

RECYCLABILITY

The City of Ann Arbor accepts all #2 bottle and tub-shaped containers in the curbside recycling program. All #2 plastics of any size, shape or color are accepted at the Drop-Off Station as well as these public locations throughout Washtenaw  County. #2 bottle shapes are accepted in most curbside recycling programs in Washtenaw Co. Non-bottle shapes of #2 HDPE are less commonly recycled, so check with hauler before recycling. Empty, clean and dry #2 and #4 shopping bags can be dropped off at several grocery stores throughout the County,  including Kroger and  Meijer. 

 

COMMON PRODUCTS (MARKED/ LABELED): Consumer product bottles (shampoo, conditioner,  liquid laundry detergent, vitamin, motor oil and similar bottles. Grocery/retail bags 

COMMON PRODUCTS (UNMARKED/ UNLABELED): Trash can liners, plant pots, milk crates, cereal box liners, plastic lumber for outdoor decking, fencing, and picnic tables, pipe, floor tiles, buckets, garden edging

REUSED IN THESE RECYCLED CONTENT PRODUCTS: Bottles, pipes, buckets, crates, flower pots, floor tiles

#3 V or PVC Polyvinyl chloride 

  

RECYCLABILITY

The City of Ann Arbor does NOT accept #3 containers in the curbside recycling program. #3 plastic is not easily recyclable in traditional recycling systems. Just one #3 PVC bottle can contaminate and entire half-ton of water bottles for recycling. Always double check your recycler's requirements before adding any #3 items.

 

COMMON PRODUCTS (MARKED/ LABELED): Plastic containers, jars, and bottles. Packaging for electronics & toys

COMMON PRODUCTS (UNMARKED/ UNLABELED): Cling wrap (Saran wrap), cables, traffic cones, garden hoses 

REUSED IN THESE RECYCLED CONTENT PRODUCTS: Mud flaps, cassette trays, garden hoses, electrical cords, cables

 

#4 Low-density polyethylene 

  

RECYCLABILITY: 

The City of Ann Arbor accepts #4 bottle and tub shaped plastics in the curbside recycling program. All #4 plastics of any shape, size, or color are accepted at the Drop-Off Station. Empty, clean and dry #2 and #4 shopping bags are accepted at the Drop-Off Station and several grocery stores throughout the county, including Meijer and Kroger. Do not place any plastic grocery bags in curbside recycling bins, as they can clog the gears in mixed recycling plants.

 

COMMON PRODUCTS (MARKED/LABELED):  Squeezable bottles (honey, mustard, etc.)

COMMON PRODUCTS (UNMARKED/ UNLABELED): Shrink wrap, greenhouse film, stretch wrap, bubble wrap, consumer paper packaging (toilet paper, paper towel), other bags (grocery bags, thicker newspaper bags, bread bags, clear plastic dry-cleaning garment bags. 

REUSED IN THESE RECYCLED CONTENT PRODUCTS:  Shipping envelopes 

#5 PP Polypropylene

  

RECYCLABILITY:

The City of Ann Arbor accepts bottle and tub shaped #5 plastics in the curbside recycling program. #5 plastic is not generally collected with most recycling programs in Washtenaw County. Clean and dry #5 PP caps may be recycled at the Drop-Off Station.  

 

 

COMMON PRODUCTS (MARKED/ LABELED): Yogurt and margarine tubs, prescription medicine bottles, some food bottles (ketchup, etc.)

COMMON PRODUCTS (UNMARKED/ UNLABELED): Potato chip bags, most woven bags or tarps, oil funnels, cigarette overwrap, auto battery cases, textile packaging, most plastic bottle caps

REUSED IN THESE RECYCLED CONTENT PRODUCTS: Landscape borders, auto battery cases, oil funnels

 

#6 PS Polystyrene

  

RECYCLABILITY: The City of Ann Arbor accepts #6 bottle and tub-shaped plastics only in the curbside recycling program.

No Styrofoam.  #6 PS may be recycled at the Drop-Off Station. 

COMMON PRODUCTS (MARKED/ LABELED): Styrofoam (egg cartons, carry-out food containers, packing peanuts, etc.)

COMMON PRODUCTS (UNMARKED/ UNLABELED): Disposable silverware, packing peanuts, CD jewel cases, thermal insulation, light switch plates

REUSED IN THESE RECYCLED CONTENT PRODUCTS: Styrofoam (or similar) products  

#7 Any other plastic

  

RECYCLABILITY: The City of Ann Arbor accepts #7 bottle and tub-shaped containers in the curbside recycling program. Can contain PVC, PLA, BPA or just layers of #5 PP and nylon or rayon. The unknown mixture of #7 plastic resins makes it difficult to recycle. 

COMMON PRODUCTS (MARKED/ LABELED): Nalgene (or similar) bottles, CDs, Some food and non-food product containers

COMMON PRODUCTS (UNMARKED/ UNLABELED): Plastic lumber applications, some bottles

REUSED IN THESE RECYCLED CONTENT PRODUCTS: Reusable plastic beverage bottles.