How to Recycle Plastic Caps & Lids
Plastic caps and lids are a thoroughly modern invention and provide a convenience factor that’s difficult to imagine life without, frankly. But their small size and varied composition also raise a real big stink among recyclers and everyday folks alike, along with one big, looming, million dollar question: to remove, or not to remove when recycling?
Frequent Plastic Cap & Lid Recycling Questions
Plastic caps are typically made from plastic #5 while the bottles they accompany are made from #2. These two types of plastic melt at different temperatures during the recycling process and therefore requiring special processing.
It used to be that consumers were asked to remove the plastic lids from their plastic bottles before recycling, but recycling processing equipment has improved enough over the years to make this request less common.
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