Can You Recycle Plastic #4 (LDPE) (And How)

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Written By Georgios Sinis


Item Made Of Number #4 RIC LDPE Plastic with a symbol on the top right indicating it is recyclable

You can recycle all LDPE Number 4 labeled plastic items through your curbside recycling program. Otherwise known as Low-Density Polyethylene, this resin is used in packaging, bags, and other everyday items. It is 100% recyclable, but remember to properly prepare LDPE items before discarding them in the recycling bin.

Disposal Method: Recycling Bin
Plastic Types (#): LDPE #4

*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 #4 used in LDPE plastic items

Where To Recycle

  1. Curbside Recycling: The most effective way to recycle LDPE #4 plastic (or any LDPE 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 LDPE-specialized recycling programs near you using RecycleNation & Earth911 (US) or RecycleNow (UK).