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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is the mantra of the day. No matter how much to try to reduce the amount of plastic that comes into your house, you're sure to end up with some. There are seven separate types or grades of plastic (resin codes). Some plastics will be recyclable through your local municipality and some won't. Here is a rundown on the seven types.
The number is within an arrowed recycle triangle usually stamped on the bottom of the plastic article.
You need to apply pressure to your municipality if they are not accepting all seven types of plastics for recycling. Here's a link to a chart provided by the American Chemistry Council.
BPA in Plastics
Do you have plastic food storage containers in your house, that you've had for years? They may contain BPA which can leach into your food if the food is acidic, or alkali, or reheated in a microwave oven.
Identifying which containers may contain BPA can be tricky. If your reusable container is so old it doesn't have the recycle symbol on the bottom, with the number in the middle, then it may be time to pitch it. If it has the number 7, then it DOES CONTAIN BPA and should not be used with food. Items with the numbers 3 and 6 may or may not contain BPA, there's no way of knowing, other than to contact the manufacturer. Items with the numbers 1,2,4 and 5 are "safe" plastics.
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