#1 and #2 Plastic Pros and Cons

Changes may be coming soon to the type of plastics that will be recyclable on Orcas. In the past we’ve accepted Plastics 1-7 but soon we may only be accepting 1 and 2. Here’s a little more info on these two types of plastics including some pros and cons.

#1 Plastic is made from Polyethylene Terephthalate and can most commonly be found in water and beverage bottles, food containers, and salad dressing and mouthwash bottles. Once recycled, this plastic is shredded into small flakes which are then reprocessed to make new PET bottles, or is spun into polyester fiber. 

  • Pros: Highly recyclable
  • Cons: Only about 25% of this type of plastic is properly recycled and may leach carcinogens
  • Tips: Lids and caps should be thrown in the trash
  • Generally: All disposable single-use plastic is bad. Avoid purchasing it. Glass or aluminum are better!

#2 Plastic is made from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and is used in items such as milk jugs, water bottles, detergent, shampoo bottles, and yogurt tubs.

  • Pros: HDPE is recyclable into useful materials such as recycling containers, lumber, floor tile, benches and picnic tables, and fencing
  • Cons: Flammable, difficult to bond, poor weather resistance, sensitive to stress cracking
  • Generally: All disposable single-use plastic is bad. Avoid purchasing it. Glass or aluminum are better!

#3-7 Plastic These plastics are either very difficult to recycle, or they are simply not recyclable. Most of this material ends up in landfills, or is shipped to Asia where much of it is burned–which is a really bad idea. Again, all disposable single-use plastic is bad. Avoid purchasing it. Glass or aluminum are better!

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