Why Can This Bottle Be Recycled, But This One Can't?

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Recycling can be confusing at times. Availability of recycling services varies greatly depending on where you live — and the material you’re dealing with. Take something as simple as a lotion bottle or deodorant canister. They’re both made from plastic, so it seems safe to assume any recycling program that accepts plastic will take these for recycling. Unfortunately, it’s not so simple.

A number of factors affect whether a given material is recyclable in your area. Even when two containers look similar — such as a shampoo and lotion bottle — one may be recyclable while the other is not. Here are a few things to consider when trying to recycle products like these.

Mary Mazzoni

Based in the Phoenix metro area, Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.