What do the numbers of plastics mean?

There are seven types of consumer plastic or resin- each has unique characteristics. A recycling symbol with or without a number doesn't necessarily indicate that an item is accepted for recycling. The numbers on plastic are an identification code communicating what type of plastic the item is made from. In Franklin County, the number of a plastic doesn't matter. You only need to look at the shape of a container to know if you can put it in your bin. As long as the plastic is a bottleneck or jug shape then it's accepted. Say goodbye to the days you had to read that tiny number!

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1. What's accepted for recycling?
2. What's not accepted for recycling?
3. Why can't I bag my recyclables?
4. Why is it important to flatten cardboard boxes before placing them in my container?
5. How do I recycle in my community?
6. I live in an apartment, condo or other multi-family housing unit and don't have curbside. Where can I recycle?
7. What happens during the recycling process?
8. How does a recycling facility work?
9. What's our county's recycling rate?
10. Why is recycling important?
11. I recycle everything, even if I'm not sure if it's accepted. Is this okay?
12. How do I recycle items not accepted?
13. What do I do with my yard waste?
14. How do I recycle plastic bags?
15. Is there anywhere I can recycle #5 plastics?
16. What does a recycling symbol on a product mean?
17. What do the numbers of plastics mean?
18. Why aren't napkins, paper towels, or tissues accepted for recycling?
19. Why aren't coffee cups accepted?
20. Why isn't Styrofoam accepted?
21. What do I do with prescription drugs?
22. When are pizza boxes not accepted?
23. How can I report illegal dumping and littering?
24. Why are aluminum and steel cans accepted but other metals aren't?
25. Why are beverage/food cartons accepted?
26. What's made from recycled plastic bottles?
27. What's made from recycled aluminum cans?
28. What's made from recycled glass?
29. What's made from recycled cartons?
30. I've heard of a circular economy, but what exactly does that mean?
31. I want to reduce and reuse! What should I do?
32. Why are recycling and landfill bins sometimes emptied into the same container?
33. Why are recyclables not sorted out at the landfill?