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Where Can You Recycle #3 Plastics in Philadelphia? WCI Weds
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Where Can You Recycle #3 Plastics in Philadelphia? WCI Weds

How can you recycle those #3 plastics?

Bad news, Philly: Not all those #1-7 plastics are recyclable anymore. So the #3 and #6 foam (aka styrofoam) plastics should go into the trash, instead.

Why the change in plastics recycling?

Overall, the recycling industry has stricter standards for what it takes in the bins. Even if they take certain materials curbside, they’ll get sorted (and removed) at the facility.

#3 plastics are PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, which is ultra toxic. It should go in your trashcan instead of your recycling bin.

How can you avoid throwing out PVCs?

The easy answer? Switch to less harmful products.

PVC is a known carcinogen, so it’s a health risk.

Here’s more reasons to avoid PVC & a chart of alternates):

PVC table

Original source: Ecowatch 

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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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