Understanding the Recycling of Plastics

plastics 

Irving now accepts plastic food containers No. 1 through No. 7 (except No. 6 - Styrofoam) in the curbside recycling program as well as at all full service drop-off  recycling centers.

To identify plastic containers for recycling, look at the bottom of the plastic container. A recycling triangle can be seen with three chasing arrows and a number in the middle. All but No. 6 is recyclable. Plastic grocery store bags are acceptable only at the drop-off centers. Plastic containers that have contained pesticides or other hazardous materials, such as motor oil are not accepted.

Plastic Container Identification Code (found on the bottom of coded containers)

Code

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Abbreviation

PET

HDPE

V or PVC

LDPE

PP

PS

Other

Full NamePolyethylene
Terephthalate
High Density
Polyethylene

Vinyl or 
Polyvinyl-chloride

Low Density PolyethylenePolypropylenePolystyrene

A mixture or combination of resins

Is it recyclable
in Irving?

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

YES

Can be transparent?

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Typical
containers
soft drink, juice, peanut butter milk, laundry detergent

auto care,
shampoo

honey,  mustardsyrup, sour cream, cream cheeseFoam cups, yogurt, egg cartonsCatsup, pudding, mayonnaise