Thu. Feb 22nd, 2024 online news, February 1st,2024: Plastic bottles are often marked with a recycling symbol, known as the Resin Identification Code (RIC), which is typically a number inside a triangle of arrows.

This code helps identify the type of plastic used in the bottle. The numbers range from 1 to 7, and each number corresponds to a specific type of plastic. Here’s a brief overview of the most common plastic bottle ratings:

PET or PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate):

Recycling Code: 1
Common Use: Water bottles, soda bottles, cooking oil bottles.
Recyclability: Widely recycled.
HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene):

Recycling Code: 2
Common Use: Milk jugs, detergent bottles, shampoo bottles.
Recyclability: Widely recycled.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

Recycling Code: 3
Common Use: Some water bottles, cooking oil bottles, plastic wraps.
Note: PVC is less commonly recycled and can release harmful substances when burned.
LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene):

Recycling Code: 4
Common Use: Squeeze bottles, bread bags, food packaging.
Recyclability: Less widely recycled but becoming more accepted in recycling programs.
PP (Polypropylene):

Recycling Code: 5
Common Use: Medicine bottles, ketchup bottles, yogurt containers.
Recyclability: Increasingly accepted in recycling programs.
PS (Polystyrene):

Recycling Code: 6
Common Use: Styrofoam, disposable plates, cutlery, packaging materials.
Note: Polystyrene is often not easily recyclable and can have environmental concerns.

Recycling Code: 7
Common Use: Various other plastics, including some bioplastics.
Note: This category is a catch-all for other plastics, and not all are easily recyclable. Some may include bio-based plastics.

It’s essential to check with your local recycling guidelines because not all facilities accept all types of plastic. Recycling practices can vary, and some types of plastic may not be accepted in certain regions.

Additionally, reducing the use of single-use plastics and opting for reusable alternatives is an environmentally friendly practice.