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What Plastics Can you Recycle in Philadelphia?
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What Plastics Can you Recycle in Philadelphia?

Should you go by the numbers on plastics bottles to know what’s recyclable? Here are the guidelines.

Reader question: We have heard a lot in the media suggesting that only #1, 2 and 5 plastics are actually being recycled and that the others are not. Can you confirm what is actually being handled effectively?

There isn’t a lot of point in our spending time to recycle everything stamped with a triangle if, in reality, they are just getting incinerated. Thank you, Diana

What plastics are Philadelphia actually recycling?

Diana, it is true that Philadelphia stopped incinerating our recycling as of May 2019.

Plastics are confusing because the numbers are more for the recycling industry than consumers. Overall, plastics like beverage containers, shampoo, and detergent bottles, spray pumps, and buckets all can be recycled. Our recycling guide shares a better idea of what should be recycled and what shouldn’t be.

Overall, it’s better to consume fewer plastics. Get bulk products (and BYOB) when possible. As we said during America Recycles Day, the recycling symbol subconsciously programs us that consuming is an environmentally positive act. Our recycling guide shares a better idea of what should be recycled and what shouldn’t be.

Want to get started consuming less plastic? Check our tips to start living a zero-waste lifestyle.


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Julie Hancher
Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

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