Can You Recycle Plastic Cups (And How)

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Written By Georgios Sinis


Plastic cups with a symbol on the top right indicating they are not recyclable

You can not recycle plastic cups through curbside recycling. Most plastic cups are made with Polypropylene (#5) or Polystyrene (#6) plastic resins, two types that rarely get recycled. The only exception to the rule is if the cup has any of the following plastic codes: PET, HDPE, or LDPE.

Disposal Method: Garbage Bin
Plastic Types (#): PP #5, PS #6

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 cups
Showing the PS Plastic recycling symbol RIC #6 used in plastic cups

Where To Recycle

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