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What do the numbered triangle symbols on plastics mean?

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What do the numbered triangle symbols on plastics mean?

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(For even more detail than this, see: http://www.americanplasticscouncil.org/benefits/about_plastics/resin_codes/resin.html) #1 – Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE) or (PET): soft drink and water bottles, beer bottles, mouthwash bottles, peanut butter and salad dressing containers. It can be recycled into polar fleece clothing, fiber, tote bags, bottles, clothing, furniture, and carpet. #2 – High Density Polyethylene (HDPE): milk jugs, water and juice containers, liquid detergent bottles, yogurt and margarine tubs. It can be recycled into liquid laundry detergent containers, drainage pipe, oil bottles, recycling bins, benches, pens, doghouses, vitamin bottles, floor tile, picnic tables, lumber, mailbox posts, fencing. #3 – Vinyl (Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC): clear food packaging, shampoo bottles. #4 – Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE): squeezable bottles (e.g. honey, mustard). #5 – Polypropylene (PP): ketchup bottles, yogurt containers and margarine tubs, medicine bottles. #6 – Polystyrene

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