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☷ Mansfield Texas - Plastic Recycling Demystified 20 May 2022
Mansfield , state Texas ( By Press Release office)
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These symbols look very much like recycling symbols , but have a different meaning .
According to the EPA
, these symbols were created by plastic manufacturers to help identity the kind of plastic resin used to make the container , but it doesn’t always mean they can be collected for recycling in your cart .
The market for recycled plastics changes constantly . Currently , our local provider Republic Services only accepts plastics with the symbols 1 , 2 and 5 . This includes things like soda bottles , water bottles and other clear bottles . Other rigid plastics like medicine bottles , milk jugs , shampoo bottles , detergent jugs , butter and yogurt tubs are also accepted .
Avoid these common recycling mistakes:
Plastic shopping bags , films and over wraps can’t go in your recycling cart , but can be taken to your local big - box or grocery store for recycling . These thin plastics are “tanglers” that can jam the sorting machines at processing centers .
Plastic caps and lids can be recycled if still attached to the plastic container , but not if they are separated . Anything smaller than a credit card can jam the sorting machinery .
Remember to have items “empty , clean and dry” before tossing recyclables into your cart . Just do a quick rinse or scrape , tap out the liquid and you are good to go!
Don’t “wish - cycle” , only put things in the bin that you know can be recycled . If you aren’t sure , use the City’s free search tool
Can I Recycle It?
to find out .
more information on recycling
how to dispose of hazardous household waste
to help keep Mansfield beautiful .
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