Can You Recycle Plastic Milk Jugs (And How)

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Written By Georgios Sinis


Plastic milk jug with a symbol on the top right indicating it is recyclable

You can recycle plastic milk jugs through conventional curbside recycling programs. Most milk jugs are made with HDPE, one of the most recycled plastic resins. Before throwing it in the recycling bin, empty the milk jug of any residue, rinse it with water, and put the cap back on.

Disposal Method: Recycling Bin
Plastic Types (#): HDPE #2

*Requires preparation before recycling

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 HDPE Plastic recycling symbol RIC #2 commonly used in plastic milk jugs

Where To Recycle

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

2) Curbside Recycling: The most common place to recycle plastic milk jugs will be your local curbside recycling. Simply prepare the milk jug and throw it in the blue (or yellow) recycling bin.