Can You Recycle Plastic #6 (PS) (And How)

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Written By Georgios Sinis


Item made of Number #6 RIC PS Plastic with a symbol on the top right indicating it is not recyclable

You can not recycle PS Number 6 labeled plastic items through your curbside recycling program. Otherwise known as Polystyrene, this resin is commonly used in packaging protection,  food packaging, and insulation. While technically recyclable, almost none of it gets recycled in the US due to profitability struggles.

Disposal Method: Garbage Bin
Plastic Types (#): 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 Symbol Used

Showing the plastic recycling symbol RIC #6 used in PS plastic items

Where To Recycle

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