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Plastic. 6 Types of Plastic : 1.Polyethlene Tere phthalate (PETE) 2. High Density Polyethlene (HDPE) 3 . Vinyl (V) 4. Low Density Polyethlene (LDPE) 5. Polypropylene (PP) 6. Polystyrene (PS). #1 PETE Polyethylene terephthalate . Soda bottles Food bottles Trays

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6 Types of Plastic:

1.Polyethlene Terephthalate (PETE)

2. High DensityPolyethlene (HDPE)

3. Vinyl (V)

4. Low Density Polyethlene (LDPE)

5. Polypropylene (PP)

6. Polystyrene (PS)



Polyethylene terephthalate.

Soda bottles

Food bottles


Can be recycled into




Shopping bags

Polyethylene terephthalate pete

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE)

Recycled products from 1

Recycled Products (from #1)


#2 HDPE or high-density polyethylene.

Used in liquid detergent

Shampoo bottles

Tyvek mailing envelopes

Can be recycled into new containers if clear

Colored can be recycled into plastic lumber

High density polyethylene hdpe

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Recycled plastic 2

Recycled Plastic #2


Vinyl or polyvinyl chloride (# 3 V or PVC)

Clear food packaging

Plumbing pipe

*Could be recycled but generally isn’t

Vinyl v or pvc

Vinyl (V or PVC)


Low-density polyethylene (# 4 LDPE)

Very flexible and made into

bags for bread, frozen food, and grocery.

Some of these bags are recycled into new bags or plastic lumber such as Trex. This plastic is lightweight and trucking it back for recycling uses more energy than producing a virgin product.

More recycled products

More recycled products


Polypropylene (# 5 PP)



and other food containers.

Like number 3 V, there are not enough containers to justify collecting it

Polypropylene pp

Polypropylene (PP)


#6 PS - Polystyrene,

Solid PS is made into

compact disc jackets,

eating utensils

take-out food containers.

Styrofoam is used for

packing materials,

coffee cups,

meat trays,

egg cartons.

The cost of moving used Styrofoam is higher than making it from virgin oil

Polystyrene ps

Polystyrene (PS)

Town of bow recycles

Town of Bow Recycles

P) MIXED PAPER, PAPERBOARD & CARDBOARD• Paper - Anything that tears! Bundle in brown paper bags to prevent littering.• Corrugated Cardboard - flatten and cut to 2ft x 2ft, place to the side of the bin.

(C) COMMINGLED CONTAINERS -rinsed and flattened• Milk and juice jugs, cartons, cans, bottles, pans, trays, aluminum, tin cans.• Plastics #1 & #2 only NO Plastic bags - please recycle at your local supermarket.NO ceramic dishes, light bulbs, or broken glass.


BOW RECYCLING FACTS FOR 2007 $33,500 saved tipping fees from recycled waste

778 tons diverted from incineration/landfills

7% increased recycling tonnage vs. 2006


  • Bow AverageResidential Waste:

  • Trash - 79% @ $42.55/tonRecycle - 21 No Charge!

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