Americans generated 33 million tons of plastics in 2014, about 13 percent of the waste stream. Only 9.5% of plastics were recycled in 2013. Gallatin’s recycling program accept some, but not all, types of plastics.
Plastic Resin Codes
Generally, if the code reads 1 or 2 it can be recycled; however, the code number on the bottom of your product is not a reliable indicator of whether something can get recycled. Recycle by shape! Bottles, jars, and jugs – is the best way to know what is
Graphic - 40% of Everything Going to the Landfill can be Recycled
Cleanliness is Essential
product, or one with food waste still in it, can contaminate an entire
bale, containing thousands of pounds of collected plastics. This can cause thousands of recyclable items to go to a landfill instead of being recycled.
Acceptable Items Include
Soda, water, shampoo, and soap bottles
Milk, laundry detergent, and cat litter jugs
Yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, and butter tubs
Peanut butter and mayonnaise jars
"To-go” or “take out” plastic drinking cups
Plastic trays like those used for microwave dinners
Clear "Clamshell” containers like those used to package strawberries, bakery goods and salads. On these containers, try to remove as much of the price sticker from the plastic as possible.
Plastic egg cartons and cookie divider shells
No plastic bags, plastic lids or caps
No Styrofoam, plastic shrink wrap
No plastic toys or plastic toothpaste type tubes
No "K-cups" or individual coffee creamers
No plastic marked as PLA, compostable or made from plant based materials
No plastic containers larger than three gallons in size