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Plastic Recycling

  • Canadians throw away 1,000,000 plastic beverage bottles every hour!
  • A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. That’s a lot of containers — make sure they’re recycled!

Look for bottles: made largely, but not exclusively of PET (#1) plastics that contain pop, juice, water and some liquors and HDPE (#2) that are usually more opaque and used for soaps, detergents and cleansers and Polypropylene – PP (#5) that may contain ketchup, syrup and medicine. You’ll see bottles of other resin types too but these are the ‘big three’; and they also include caps that are made largely of HDPE (#2) and PP (polypropylene) (#5) plastic.

Can bottles and caps be recycled? Yes! #1 and #2 bottles are accepted in nearly all recycling programs across Canada while #5 plastic is accepted in most programs (with some regional differences). While caps may be made of different materials, CPIA encourages recycling programs to include them

A person uses a plastic carrier bag on average for only 12 minutes. On average we only recycle one plastic bag in every 200 we use. Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute.

  • Look for it in: plastic bags, plastic overwrap, agricultural plastic, plastic pallet wrap, many other kinds of packaging bags, film, liners and overwrap. – Can plastic bags & overwrap plastic be recycled? Yes!  Speak to your U-Pak representative!


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