How to recycle/dispose of
plastic bottles, containers, tubs and lids
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Weekly - recycling
County facilities accepting plastic bottles, containers, tubs and lids:
Shady Grove Processing Facility & Transfer Station
We accept for recycling
Effective September 4, 2013, we accept bulky rigid plastics for drop-off recycling
Effective June 28, 2012, we accept #1 PET thermoform plastics.
|We accept these plastic item types in your blue recycling bin
||Plastic resin numbers
||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
||Plastic bottles that contained food, drink and household products, medicine and vitamin bottles
|containers, tubs and lids
pails and buckets
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 (except items marked biodegradable or compostable)
mayonnaise, peanut butter, yogurt, cream cheese and butter containers; deli and ice cream tubs; yogurt cups; medicine vials; detergent, pet food and kitty litter
#1 PET thermoform plastics including: clamshell containers, bakery trays and cake domes, deli containers and trays, fruit and vegetable containers and baskets, cups, tubs and lids
-type durable plastic containers and lids
|nursery and flower pots
||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
||all colors of rigid pots accepted
|beverage (stadium) cups
||fast food fountain drink cups
Some plastic recycling tips
- Labels and plastic rings around the neck of the bottles are okay.
- Please empty and rinse all containers, removing the tops and lids, before placing these materials in your blue bin.
- Place plastic bottles, containers, tubs and lids in your blue recycling bin with other commingled materials for curbside recycling
We cannot accept for recycling
- Any biodegradable or compostable plastic items
- Any plastic bottle or container that held automotive products or hazardous materials, such as
- motor oil, antifreeze and pesticides
- Plastic wrap, bags, or film
- non-bottle items made from any type of #6 plastic (polystyrene and Styrofoam™ products), such as
- plastic knives, forks, and spoons, plastic egg cartons, polystyrene “clamshell” containers, packaging from small electronics and toys, jewel cases from CDs
- flexible plastic trays and individual containers for plants and seedlings, including 4-pack and 6-pack plant containers
- Any container holding syringes or other sharps. Also, never place syringes or other sharps directly in the blue bin.
What about the lids?
Effective July 1, 2008, we accept plastic lids and caps in our curbside recycling program. Please take the caps and lids off of bottles and containers first before putting the plastic caps and lids into your recycling bin.
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This information last updated 9/17/2013.