There are many different types of plastic. The main seven types of plastic have numbers on them inside a recycling symbol, if you aren’t sure what type of plastic you have, find the recycle symbol and compare the number to those listed below. All plastics (except #6, Styrofoam) are recyclable in the City of Fresno, even if it doesn’t have a number on it.
1 - PET (Polythylene Terephthalate) - soda and water bottles
2 - HDPE (High Density Polythylene) - milk or orange juice jugs
3 - PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) - detergent/cleanser bottles, pipes
4 - LDPE (Low Density Polythylene) - 6-pack rings, bread bags
5 - PP (Polypropylene) - margarine tubs, straws, screw-on lids
6 - PS (Polystyrene) - styrofoam, packing peanuts (not recyclable in Fresno)
7 - Other (Multi-Layer Plastics) - ketchup and syrup bottles
Plastic is made by linking together natural gas and crude oil, once linked together they form a solid resin which is used to make plastic.
It can take up to 700 years for plastic to decompose (break down and disappear) when it goes to a landfill or dump.
PET plastic can be shredded into fibers and woven into threads to make clothing, to stuff sleeping bags, jackets and quilts. HDPE plastic can be made into construction materials such as railroad ties, parking blocks, pipes and beams, playground equipment, and decking materials.