Corporate | Portage

3000 Boeck Road
PO Box 640
Portage, Wisconsin 53901-0640

Phone: (608) 745-1400
Fax: (608) 742-8809

Manufacturing | Brownsville

1900 Billy Mitchell Blvd.
Building C
Brownsville, TX 78521

Phone: (956) 504-6102

Sales | Libertyville

700 E. Park Ave.
Suite 103
Libertyville, IL 60048

Phone: (847) 247-1959
Fax: (608) 742-8809


Many plastic products carry a symbol to indicate what type of plastic the packaging is made from. This symbol does not mean the packaging is made from recycled plastic nor does it mean the plastic is recyclable. It only indicates the type of plastic resin used, to help in the sorting of items to be recycled.








PET or PETE (Polyethylene terephthalate) Picked up by most curbside recycling programs, plastic #1 is usually clear and used to make soda and water bottles.  It’s found mostly in soda bottles, water bottles, beer bottles, salad dressing containers, mouthwash bottles, and peanut butter containers.  Plastic #1 is recycled into tote bags, furniture, carpet, paneling, fiber, and polar fleece.

HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) Plastic #2 is typically opaque and picked up by most curbside recycling programs.  It’s found mostly in milk jugs, household cleaner containers, juice bottles, shampoo bottles, cereal box liners, detergent bottles, motor oil bottles, yogurt tubs, and butter tubs, detergent bottles, juice bottles, butter tubs, and toiletries bottles are made of this.  It is usually opaque. This plastic is considered safe and has low risk of leaching.  Plastic #2 is recycled into pens, recycling containers, picnic tables, lumber, benches, fencing, and detergent bottles, to name a few.

V or PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Plastic #3 is used to make food wrap, plumbing pipes, and detergent bottles, and is seldom accepted by curbside recycling programs.  It’s found in shampoo bottles, clear food packaging, cooking oil bottles, medical equipment, piping, and windows.  This plastic is recycled into   paneling, flooring, speed bumps, decks, and roadway gutters.

LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) Low density polyethylene is most found in squeezable bottles, shopping bags, clothing, carpet, frozen food, bread bags, and some food wraps. Curbside recycling programs haven’t been known to pick up this plastic, but more are starting to accept it.  Plastic #4 rests among the recycling symbols considered to be safe.  This plastic is recycled into compost bins, paneling, trash can liners and cans, floor tiles, and shipping envelopes.

PP (Polypropylene) Increasingly becoming accepted by curbside recycle programs, plastic #5 is also one of the safer plastics to look for.  It is typically found in yogurt containers, ketchup bottles, syrup bottles, and medicine bottles.  Polypropylene is recycled into brooms, auto battery cases, bins, pallets, signal lights, ice scrapers, and bicycle racks.

PS (Polystyrene) Polystyrene is Styrofoam, which is notorious for being difficult to recycle. Most recycling programs won’t accept it.  Plastic #6 is found in compact disc cases, egg cartons, meat trays, and disposable plates and cups.  It is recycled into egg cartons, vents, foam packing, and insulation.

Other (All other plastic resins or a mixture of resins) All of the plastic resins that don’t fit into the other categories are placed in the number 7 category.  Plastic #7 is found in sunglasses, iPod cases, computer cases, nylon, 3- and 5-gallon water bottles, and bullet-proof materials.  It is recycled into plastic lumber and other custom-made products.

 Source:  Nation of Change, October 23, 2014