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I’ll begin this blog by telling informing you about plastics. If you’re like me, you’ve probably been puzzled about the meanings of the little numbers on each plastic thing you use, and disturbed by reports that most of those numbers mean the item is not recyclable. In many cities, only plastics #1 and #2 are recyclable, the others are for reuse or, sadly, the landfill. Compliments of  thegreenguide.com:

Here’s a quick breakdown of plastic resin types:

#1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE)
Examples: Disposable soft drink and water bottles

#2 high density polyethylene (HDPE)/
Examples: Milk jugs, liquid detergent bottles, shampoo bottles

#3 polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC)
Examples: Meat wrap, cooking oil bottles, plumbing pipes

#4 low density polyethylene (LDPE)
Examples: Cling wrap, grocery bags, sandwich bags

#5 polypropylene (PP)
Examples: Cloudy plastic water bottles, yogurt cups/tubs

#6 polystyrene (PS)
Examples: Disposable coffee cups, clam-shell take-out containers

#7 other (plastics invented after 1987; includes polycarbonate, or PC, and polylactide, or PLA, plastics made from renewable resources as well as newer plastics labeled “BPA-Free”)
Examples: Baby bottles, some reusable water bottles, stain-resistant food-storage containers

#1 PET: Fine for single use and widely accepted by municipal recyclers; avoid reusing #1 water and soda bottles, as they’re hard to clean, and because plastic is porous, these bottles absorb flavors and bacteria that you can’t get rid of.

PLA: plastics made from renewable resources such as corn, potatoes and sugar cane and anything else with a high starch content; although you can’t recycle these plant-based plastics, you can compost them in a municipal composter or in your backyard compost heap.

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