Recycling plastics can be tricky:
- Some plastic items can’t be recycled because they are contaminated (ie an empty motor oil bottle)
- Some items like Styrofoam can’t be recycled because there is no market for it.
- Some items can’t be recycled because they are not recoverable at the sorting facility (ie plastic forks, drinking straws, small RX bottle). Click here to watch a video of the sorting process.
- Plastic bags may now be recycled curbside. Watch video to see how.
This guide will help you to quickly sort out which plastics can be recycled in Arlington’s Curbside recycling program: