Can You Recycle Plastic #5 (PP) (And How)

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Written By Georgios Sinis


Item Made Of Number #5 RIC PP Plastic with a symbol on the top right indicating it is not recyclable

You can not recycle PP Number 5 labeled plastic items through your curbside recycling program. Otherwise known as Polypropylene, this resin is commonly used in furniture, pill containers, and laboratory items. While technically recyclable, only 1% of it gets recycled in the US due to a lack of modernization.

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

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 #5 used in PP plastic items

Where To Recycle

Use Recycling Locators: Locate PP-specialized recycling programs near you using RecycleNation & Earth911 (US) or RecycleNow (UK).