Can You Recycle Plastic #2 (HDPE) (And How)

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Written By Georgios Sinis


Item Made Of Number #2 RIC HDPE Plastic with a symbol on the top right indicating it is recyclable

You can recycle all HDPE Number 2 labeled plastic items through your curbside recycling program. Otherwise known as High-Density Polyethylene, this resin is used in sturdy bottles, crates, and other everyday items. It is 100% recyclable, but remember to properly prepare HDPE items before discarding them in the recycling bin.

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

*Might require 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 Symbol Used

Showing the plastic recycling symbol RIC #2 used in HDPE plastic items

Where To Recycle

  1. Curbside Recycling: The most effective way to recycle HDPE #2 plastic (or any HDPE derivate) is through your curbside recycling program. Being one of the most commonly recycled resin types ensures your municipality recycling center will certainly accept it.
  2. Use Recycling Locators: Locate HDPE-specialized recycling programs near you using RecycleNation & Earth911 (US) or RecycleNow (UK).