Plastic #7 (Other)

Special Instructions

Rigid #7 plastic containers such as bottles, jars, tubs and cups may be recyclable and 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.

All #7 plastic items that are not rigid containers belong in the garbage.

Please do not place #7 plastic items in the organics. They do not break down well in available composting facilities.



Biodegradable Plastic Is Not Recyclable

Vegetable-based plastics such as PLA are often labeled as plastic #7, but they are not recyclable. Find out what to do with biodegradable bags and compostable cups, plates & utensils.

Did You Know?

PLA Plastic vs. PET Plastic

PET plastic is a petroleum-based plastic while PLA plastic is a bioplastic typically made from fermented plant starch. While PET plastic can be easily recycled, PLA is more difficult to recycle and requires a special facility in order to be composted. Before disposing, avoid contaminating your recycling by double-checking whether your item is PET or PLA and the current disposal instructions for that material.