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Sorry, Wrong Number

We've all heard of painting by numbers; but sorting by numbers?

When we go to the recycling center we are asked to sort our plastics according to the number imprinted on the bottom of the container #1 thru #7. I've been a loyal sorter for the past couple of years now but I never bothered to find out the meaning behind this numerical requirement. Here's a little info that may shed some light on those mysterious numbers.

Plastic is not just one material. It is a family of materials, and just like any other family it is made up of different members each with their own unique properties. The code that we currently use was developed by the Society of the Plastics Industry in 1988 at the urging of recyclers around the country. It helps to ensure that the recycled plastic is as homogenous as possible to meet the needs of the end markets that provide all those wonderful products made from used materials. The better sorted your recyclables are the easier it is for cities and towns to sell the material to manufacturers. So the next time you're down at the recycling center try your best not to mix up the numbers. For a complete rundown of plastic recycling codes and common corresponding containers stop by our website: ChathamRecycles.org

spot illustration © 2007 by Bob Staake - All Rights Reserved

article by PL

 

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Chatham's Diversion (formerly Recycling) Rate:
2016 (at half-year) 39%
2015 32%
2014 29%
2013 30%
2012 37%
2011 42%
2010 29%
2009 20%

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ChathamRecycles.org is the official website for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in Chatham, Massachusetts. Whether you are a business, a year-round resident or are simply visiting our community on Cape Cod, we ask that you do the right thing and start recycling today! The Recycling Center can be found at the Chatham Transfer Station at 97 Sam Ryder Road Chatham, MA 02633 508.945.5156 email. For a map and directions, please click here