Meaning of Plastics Recycling Numbers
The numbers inside the plastics recycling symbols refer to the specific plastic resin polymer. When recycling, the plastics need to be sorted into their different polymers before they can be processed.
The table below shows, by recycling number, which products are made with each type of plastic, and what types of products are created when that type of plastic is recycled.
The information in the table is based on information from the American Chemistry Council.
Please note that some of the recyclables mentioned may not be accepted by local recycling locations and/or businesses. To find the specifics of what each recycling location will and will not take, go to the Recycling Locations page and select the location and/or business you are interested in.
|Symbol||Products Using||Recycled Products Made From|
|Shipping envelopes, garbage can liners, floor tile, paneling, furniture, film and sheet, compost bins, trash cans, landscape timber and outdoor lumber.|