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.
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
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.
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.