Can You Recycle Plastic Chairs (And How)

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Written By Georgios Sinis


A plastic lawn patio chair with a symbol on the top right indicating they are not recyclable

You can not recycle plastic chairs. Even though they are made from recyclable polypropylene (PP) #5 or high-density polyethylene (HDPE) #2 plastic, they are not accepted in curbside recycling bins due to their size and shape. Use a specialized recycling program or throw them in the trash.

Disposal Method: Garbage Bin
Plastic Types (#): PP #5,HDPE #2

Please note: Recycling guidelines may vary depending on local regulations and facilities. The information provided here is intended as a general guide and may not apply to your specific location or item. Always check with your local recycling center or municipal authority for the most accurate and up-to-date recycling information in your area.

Typical RIC Symbols Used

Showing the PP Plastic recycling symbol RIC #5 used in plastic chairs
Showing the HDPE Plastic recycling symbol RIC #2 used in plastic chairs

Where To Recycle

  1. Use Recycling Locators: Locate specialized recycling programs near you using RecycleNation & Earth911 (US) or RecycleNow (UK).
  2. Donate to thrift shops: If the chair is still functional, you can always give it away to a thrift shop. They accept all kinds of weird stuff, including plastic chairs.
  3. Give them away on FreeCycle: If you just want to give them away, you can always use the FreeCycle website and create a post for free.