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What kind of Plastic is Recyclable?

Nearly every type of Plastic is Recyclable! From 1-7, the Recycling Codes that are printed on most plastics and wrappings can help in describing how those plastic materials can be broken down and whether or not (and how) they may be used again.

What do Recycling Codes Mean?

We've all seen 'em, the Recycling Codes within those well known triangular, curved arrows. Plastics have a place within all seven of these categories.  By the Number given to each plastic product, we can find out just what they are made up of, what they are typically used for, and how they can be broken down. We can also find out what they may be used for in the future! 

  • 1- PET / PETE: Polythylene Terephthelete (Plastic Bottles / Beverages)

  • 2-HDPE: High Density Polythylene (Milk Jugs / Cereal Box Liners)

  • 3-V / PVC: Vinyl / Polyvinyl Chloride (Some Shampoo Bottles / Cooking Oil Bottles) ***Rarely Recycled

  • 4-LDPE: Low Density Polythylene (Plastic Films / Plastic Wraps) ***Blackbird's Specialty

  • 5-PP: Polypropylene (Yogurt Containers / Straws / Plastic Bottle Caps) ***Not all Recyclable

  • 6-PS: Polystyrene (Disposable Plates & Cups / Meat Trays)

  • 7-Polycarbonate & Misc. (Sunglasses / Nylon / DVDs)

What kind of Plastics does Blackbird Collect for Recycling?

Blackbird focuses specifically on recycling Polyethylene products. Polyethylene is the most common plastic on Earth.  Each different density of polyethylene gives the final plastic unique physical properties, so it can be manufactured into many different things.  As a result, Polyethylene is in a wide variety of products.


For example, LDPE  (Low Density Polyethylene) is found in plastic shopping bags, bubble wrap, clear plastic cling-wraps, zip-locking baggies, produce bags, clear food wrap, shipping wraps, product wrapping (such as toilet paper or paper towel wrapping) and dry cleaning bags. As of right now, we are working to collect and recycle ALL CLEAR PLASTIC FILMS.

Some examples include:

  • Retail, carryout, produce, newspaper, bread, and dry cleaning bags (clean, dry and free of receipts/ stickers and clothes hangers) *NO FOOD RESIDUE

  • Zip-top food storage bags (clean and dry)

  • Bubble wrap and air pillows (deflated)

  • Product wrap- used to wrap cases of water/soda bottles, paper towels, napkins, disposable cups, bathroom tissue, etc.

  • Furniture and electronic wrap / packaging

We've got our eye on Styrofoam as well, so keep an ear out for further info! 

How is my Plastic Film Recycled?

Plastic Film can be broken down into Floor Tiles, Compost Bins, Landscaping Tiles, Shipping Envelopes, Paneling, Lumber and more. Here's a quick video of the process, taken by Earth911 TV, at Hilex Poly plant in North Vernon, Indiana:

Where does Blackbird bring my Plastic Film?

Blackbird's Plastic Waste goes to a Processing Facility in Western Massachusetts. :) 

What happens after I sign up?

When you register your address and payment with us, you can pick the date that you'd like your first Pick-Up. From there, we'll arrive on the date that you choose to come grab your plastic film. Please DO NOT include the following:

  • Frozen food bags (Peas, etc)

  • Candy bar wrappers

  • Chip or Snack bags (such as individually wrapped chip/cookie pouches with silver linings)

  • Raw Meat Containers

  • Bio-Hazard Materials

  • Any colored plastics

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, please reach out to us.  We'd love to hear from you!