How Plastic Bottles Are Recycled Into Polyester

How to Recycle Plastic

Five Methods:

Plastics are everywhere these days, and disposable plastic containers make up a huge amount of the trash the average person throws away each day. These plastics are often not very biodegradable and break down into toxins that can seep into the earth and groundwater. Fortunately, recycling can keep those plastics out of landfills and reduce the amount of new materials spent on a variety of objects. You can identify recyclable plastic by the recycling triangle symbol which can usually be found imprinted somewhere on the bottom of a bottle with a numbered and lettered abbreviation to label its type.


Know Your Plastics

  1. PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate).Recycling type #1is most often used for soft drink bottles, water bottles, plastic beer bottles, plastic peanut butter jars, salad dressing and vegetable oil bottles and food trays. When recycled it gets made into polar fleece, tote bags, furniture, carpet and new beverage containers.
  2. HDPE (high density polyethylene).Recycling type #2is used in milk and juice jugs, cleaning product bottles, yogurt tubs, some trash bags and cereal box liners. Recycled back into bottles, pens and building materials.
  3. V (Vinyl) or PVC.Recycling type #3is found on some window cleaner, detergent and shampoo bottles, as well as clear food packaging, siding, windows, piping and medical equipment. Occasionally recycled by plastic lumber makers back into building materials.
  4. LDPE (low density polyethylene).Look forRecycling type #4on squeeze bottles and plastic shopping, dry cleaning or bread bags. Recycled into trash can liners, shipping envelopes, and lumber.
  5. PP (polypropylene).Recycling type #5comes in straws, some yogurt containers, syrup and ketchup bottles, pill bottles, and caps. Turned into rakes, brooms, batteries and trays.
  6. PS (polystyrene).Recycling type #6is used for disposable plates and cups, compact disc cases, egg cartons, carry-out containers, and aspirin bottles. Recycled into foam packaging, insulation and more egg cartons and carry-out containers.
  7. Miscellaneous.Recycling type #7includes multi-gallon water bottles, 'bullet-proof' materials, sunglasses, DVDs, iPod cases, nylon. Not often recycled, but sometimes turned into lumber.

Learn Your Options

  1. Find out about your community's recycling program.Many cities and towns now have recycling drop-off points or even curbside municipal recycling collection. However every community is different, so call your local government and ask what facilities and options are available in your area.
  2. Order a recyclables bin for curbside pickup.In some communities you can set your recycling out just like your trash—all you need to do is sign up for the program and get your recycling bin.
    • Sometimes, like garbage collection, this will require a one-time or annual fee, but it makes recycling so easy the expense is usually worth it.
    • If you live in an apartment, you may have building recycling bins already. Ask your super.
  3. Leave your recycling at a drop-off point.In areas that don't have curbside pickup, there are often large recycling dumpsters around town, usually at public places like schools, churches or municipal buildings.
  4. Take your plastics directly to a local recycling center.Search online or call your local officials to find the centers in your area. If a center accepts plastics, you can pretty much always bring your recycling directly to them.
    • Some recycling facilities will pay a couple cents per item that you drop off. You can make a few extra bucks by collecting recycling from your friends and neighbors and bringing it in.
  5. Know what your facility can handle.Some recycling centers will do the sorting and cleaning for you, so you can just dump cans, plastics and papers all together. With others you will need to separate different materials and potentially remove paper labels. Follow the rules as best you can.

Develop a System

  1. Get a number of recycling baskets for your home.Place them near your regular main garbage bins, so you won't be tempted to just trash recyclables out of laziness.
    • If have to sort your recyclables, you can save time by getting multiple or sectioned bins so you can sort as you throw each item away.
  2. Sort your recyclables by type.If your facility requires it, separate paper and cardboard, plastics, glass, and cans. This can be annoying, but like any household chore it gets easier if you make a weekly habit of it.
  3. Sort your plastics by number.Many recycling programs no longer require this, but you may need to separate out the seven different categories of recyclable plastics.
  4. Make sure your plastics are clean.You may not need to do this for your program, but it helps to wash out residue and remove labels.
  5. Take out your recycling once a week.This way the bottles don't build up and the task of sorting them doesn't become too intimidating.
    • If your recycling center is out of the way, try sorting recycling once a week but storing it for one big drop every month or so.

Reuse Your Plastics

  1. Refill containers.Just because you finished the fluid, doesn't mean you have to be done with the bottle. Many plastic soap bottles can be refilled from a larger bulk-sized container of hand soap or dishwashing liquid. You can reuse plastic bottles for all sorts of things.
    • Be careful about drinking repeatedly from the same plastic bottle. Harmful chemicals can leak out of some plastics over time. Better to use your old plastic bottles to store non-consumables.

Get crafty!

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can I melt plastics at home to make art?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, because the type of plastic you are thinking of melting could release harmful toxins that would be bad for you to breathe in.
  • Question
    Could I write a paper on recycling plastic?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, of course! The process of recycling paper would be a very interesting topic for a paper.
  • Question
    Can I recycle plastic covers from mattresses?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    These are generally not recyclable. Check to see if it has a plastic recycling number on it.
Ask a Question
200 characters left
Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.

Quick Summary

If you want to recycle plastic, call your local waste management company and ask what recycling facilities or services are available in your area. If curbside recycling pickup is offered, request a recycling bin, then note any special guidelines for plastics recycling. If your area doesn’t offer curbside pickup, ask if there are any recycling drop-off points in your town. You may also be able to take your plastics directly to a local recycling center. If that doesn't work, consider making cute crafts out of your old plastic items!

Did this summary help you?
  • Some facilities offer money for plastic recycling, so if you want to make a few dollars shop a round to find the best rates.


  • Plastics last a long time, but as they break down some plastics can leak harmful or carcinogenic chemicals into liquids contained in them. Don't refill disposable plastic water bottles too many times. Instead invest in a stainless steel water bottle.
  • Don't try to dispose of plastics by burning them. The fumes can be unpleasant and even harmful, and the residue is just as bad for the environment.

Related wikiHows

Sources and Citations

Made Recently

Did you try these steps?
Upload a picture for other readers to see.
Upload error
Awesome picture! Tell us more about it?

Article Info

Categories: |

In other languages:

Español: , Italiano: , Português: , Français: , 中文: , Русский: , Deutsch: , Bahasa Indonesia: 

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 60,475 times.

Video: How To Recycle HDPE Plastic The Easy Way

How to Recycle Plastic
How to Recycle Plastic images

2019 year
2019 year - How to Recycle Plastic pictures

How to Recycle Plastic forecasting
How to Recycle Plastic forecast photo

How to Recycle Plastic picture
How to Recycle Plastic pictures

How to Recycle Plastic How to Recycle Plastic new photo
How to Recycle Plastic new pics

photo How to Recycle Plastic
images How to Recycle Plastic

Watch How to Recycle Plastic video
Watch How to Recycle Plastic video

Communication on this topic: How to Recycle Plastic, how-to-recycle-plastic/
Forum on this topic: How to Recycle Plastic, how-to-recycle-plastic/ , how-to-recycle-plastic/

Related News

Women Are Obsessed With This Hat That Doesnt Mess Up Your Hair
How to Love Your Girlfriend
The 13 Best Foods for Vitamin D
How Absolutely Fabulous VERY exciting news for Joanna Lumley
How to Be a Better Driver
17 Solutions For Prostatitis, Enlarged Prostate, And Other Common Prostate Problems
How to Be Articulate
How to Prevent Crime Around Rental Properties
Roll with the Punches-TABOXING
Victoria’s Secret Copying Triangl Swimsuits

Date: 02.12.2018, 05:41 / Views: 51592