Can You Recycle Plastic Shower Curtains (And How)

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Written By Georgios Sinis


You can not recycle plastic shower curtains through curbside recycling. Most shower curtains are made of PVC plastic (#3), infamous for its non-recyclable nature. Search for a specialized recycling program or discard them in the garbage bin.  

Disposal Method: Garbage Bin
Plastic Types (#): PVC #3

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 PVC Plastic recycling symbol RIC #3 commonly used in shower curtains

The majority of modern shower curtains are made of PVC #3 because it is durable and corrosion-resistant. Sadly it is not really recyclable through conventional methods. The symbol can usually be found on the curtain packaging.

Where To Recycle

Use Recycling Locators: Locate PVC or Shower Curtain specialized recycling programs near you using RecycleNation & Earth911 (US) or RecycleNow (UK). Search based on the RIC symbol and the item name.

Ways To Reduce Shower Curtain Waste

  • Using fabric-based products is the best way to reduce shower curtain waste. Multiple brands offer shower curtains made of hemp or cotton, both biodegradable materials.
  •  Instead of using a shower curtain that deteriorates and needs replacement relatively often, you can install a shower door. While they are also made of plastic, their lifespan is decades longer.