Plastic #2 (HDPE) Put in Container Recycling Rigid #2 plastic containers such as bottles, jars, tubs and trays belong under the blue lid of a split recycling cart or in a larger cart or bin labeled “Containers Only.” They must be empty and should be scraped/rinsed if possible. Lids can be left on. Removed lids belong in the garbage. #2 plastic items that are not rigid containers belong in the garbage. No Plastic Bags in Curbside Recycling Many plastic bags are labeled plastic #2 or #4, but they are too thin to recycle with hard plastics and will get caught in recycling machinery. Find out how to dispose of plastic bags. Clean Out Containers If a container once held food or liquid, it needs to be emptied, cleaned and dried as well as you can before recycling it. Containers with food, liquids and other residues can contaminate whole batches of recycling and end up in a landfill. Help Prevent Litter Plastic #2 is a lightweight material that easily finds its way into the environment, where it can leach toxic chemicals. Dispose of it properly to prevent it from becoming litter. Did You Know? What Plastic #2 Can Become Plastic #2 can be recycled into new plastic jugs, plastic lumber, patio furniture, flower pots, buckets, recycling bins, benches and fencing.