We’re concerned about the environment, which is why we take the extra time, effort, and expense to work with our material suppliers to return excess vinyl and polypropylene to them so they can recycle and reuse it.
Most plastic is capable of being recycled, but not all of it. We’ve created this reference guide to help make better choices about discarding plastic items.
Plastic Recycling Symbol #1: PET or PETE
PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) is the most common plastic for single use bottled beverages. It’s inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to recycle. Even so, recycling rates are low – only about 20 percent.
Plastic Recycling Symbol #2: HDPE
HDPE (high density polyethylene) is a versatile plastic often used in packaging. It has a low risk of leaching and is readily recyclable into many goods ranging from floor tiles and pens to picnic tables and shampoo bottles.
Plastic Recycling Symbol #3: V or PVC
V (vinyl) or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is tough and stands up to Mother Nature. You’ll find it inside your house in the form of pipes, and outside in the form of siding. PVC is inexpensive to manufacture, and it is recyclable. Check with local sources.
Plastic Recycling Symbol #4: LDPE
LDPE (low density polyethylene) is the flexible plastic you see around your dry cleaning or protecting a loaf of bread. A growing number of community recycling programs are now starting to accept collection.
Plastic Recycling Symbols #5: PP
PP (polypropylene) has a high melting point, which makes it ideal for plastic containers that hold hot liquid. Disposable cups and microwavable containers are usually made of this type of plastic, as well as many plastic straws. Polypropylene is not as economicalto recycle.
Plastic Recycling Symbol #6: PS
PS (polystyrene) is formed into rigid or foam products. You likely know it by the trademark Styrofoam. Styrene monomer can leach into foods and it’s a possible human carcinogen. Styrene oxide is classified as a probable carcinogen. It’s also extremely difficult to recycle, and most programs don’t accept it.
Plastic Recycling Symbol #7: Miscellaneous
Many other plastic resins don’t fit into the previous categories. They get their own and can be difficult to recycle.
It’s our hope that one day we will reach a point where 100 percent of what we use can be recycled. In the meantime, we’ll continue to work with our vendors to increase our participation in their recycling efforts.
There is a total guarantee we can give you right now: Everything we manufacture is 100 percent made in the USA, and is recyclable.
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