Recycling Plastic. Why So Complicated?

Quest Resource Management Group

But really. Why IS recycling plastic so complicated? Plastic is plastic, right? Unfortunately not. If you’ve ever looked closely at the bottom of a plastic item, you will notice a triangular symbol with arrows that enclose a number, and typically an acronym below that. It just so happens I have a plastic bottle at my desk. It may be hard to see, but this one has a number 1 with the letters PETE below. I also have a plastic cup labeled with a number 7.

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Great, right? But what do these numbers mean?? Brace yourself, there are some big words coming up….

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