This is generally located on the bottom of the item. To the consumer, the number doesn’t mean much but for recyclers it is a means to identify the resin content of bottles and containers in the recycle stream.
8. What are the different kinds of plastics?
Generally speaking, a number 1-coded bottle, for example is, a plastic drink bottle; salad dressing and catsup bottles; peanut butter, jelly and jam jars; and ovenable film and trays – those that can be heated such as in a microwave.
A number 2 item would be milk, water, and juice containers; and also those for cosmetics, shampoos, laundry products; yogurt and margarine tubs; cereal box liners; and grocery, trash and retail bags, food storage bags and trash bags like Hefty and Glad as well as plastic wrap like Saran wrap.
Number 3 items, are seen less frequently and are things like clear food and non-food packaging.
Number 4 products include frozen food bags, squeezable bottles like those for honey and mustard.
Number 5 plastics can hold items already mentioned like catsup bottles, yogurt and margarine tubs, and medicine bottles.
Number 6 categories include grocery store plastic meat trays, aspirin bottles, cups, plates and cutlery.
Items coded as a # 7 might include three and five gallon reusable water bottles, and some citrus juice and catsup bottles.
9. Can I get an extra container to put all these additional items in?
Yes, by dropping by the Municipal Building, residents may purchase an extra 14-gallon bin from the City for $10. Alcoa citizens may also use other similar bins purchased at local stores or simply use plastic bags for the excess items.
10. Is there anything I can’t recycle?
- No type of Styrofoam can be recycled even Styrofoam that has that has the recycle logo and number on it.
- No type of light bulb
- No porcelain, pottery and ceramic products
- No aerosol cans
- No mixed containers such as those for nuts and snacks that have some plastic and some paper board and foil
- No broken glass
11. Can I recycle containers that have had such things as insecticides, herbicides, motor oil and additives, antifreeze, Clorox and other household cleaners in them?
Yes, as long as they have been washed out and the container has the 1-7 code on it.
12. Who can I call if I have any questions?
Residents can learn more about acceptable and unacceptable materials at the Waste Connection website, www.WasteConnectionsTn.com. Questions may also be directed to Alcoa’s Sanitation Services Division at 380-4815.