Can You Recycle Plastic Tablecloths (And How)

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Written By Georgios Sinis


Plastic tablecloth with a symbol on the top right indicating it is not recyclable

You can not recycle plastic tablecloths using your curbside recycling program. Like any other soft, thin plastic, they fall under the category of plastic film, which can easily jam expensive recycling machinery and cause problems for the processing facilities. Throw it in the trash.

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 plastic tablecloths

Where To Recycle

  1. Use Recycling Locators: Locate specialized recycling programs near you using RecycleNation & Earth911 (US) or RecycleNow (UK).
  2. 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.
  3. Upcycle & Repurpose: Give them a second chance at life by repurposing them into something new and useful. You can do a handful of creative crafts using tablecloths.