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Release Date: May 13, 2011

Greenburgh, like all Westchester Municipalities will begin to collect plastics numbered 1 -7 as of June 1. 
There's a lot of municipal talk about the county's expanded recycling program which officially starts on June 1, 2011.

But do you really know what is included in the expansion to numbers 3-7?

Just in case, here's a handy reference list.

Please note that all plastics must be coded (with any number between 1 and 7), rinsed clean and be free of food waste and other products.

BREAKING NEWS: Plastic caps on jars and bottles are now accepted for recycling!

Number 1 Plastics -- PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate)
* Found in: Soft drinks, water and beer bottles; mouthwash bottles; peanut butter containers; salad dressing and vegetable oil containers; oven-safe food trays.
* Recycled into: Polar fleece, fiber, tote bags, furniture, carpet, paneling, straps, (occasionally) new containers.

Number 2 Plastics -- HDPE (high density polyethylene)
* Found in: Milk jugs, juice bottles; bleach, detergent and household cleaner bottles; shampoo bottles; butter and yogurt tubs.
* Recycled into: Laundry detergent bottles, oil bottles, pens, recycling containers, floor tile, drainage pipe, lumber, benches, doghouses, picnic tables, fencing.

Number 3 Plastics -- V (Vinyl) or PVC
* Found in: Window cleaner and detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, clear food packaging.
* Recycled into: Decks, paneling, mudflaps, roadway gutters, flooring, cables, speed bumps, mats.

Number 4 Plastics -- LDPE (low density polyethylene)
* Found In: Squeezable bottles; frozen food containers.
* Recycled Into: Trash can liners and cans, compost bins, shipping envelopes, paneling, lumber, landscaping ties, floor tile.

Number 5 Plastics -- PP (polypropylene)
* Found in: Some yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles, caps, medicine bottles, coded flower pots.
* Recycled into: Signal lights, battery cables, brooms, brushes, auto battery cases, ice scrapers, landscape borders, bicycle racks, rakes, bins, pallets, trays.

Number 6 Plastics -- PS (polystyrene)
* Found in: Disposable plates and cups, meat trays, egg cartons, carry-out containers, aspirin bottles.
* Recycled into: Insulation, light switch plates, egg cartons, vents, rulers, foam packing, carry-out containers.

Number 7 Plastics -- Miscellaneous
* Found in: Water bottles, certain food containers.
* Recycled into: Plastic lumber, custom-made products.

Regarding Plastic Bags: Be advised that plastic grocery and carryout bags, as well as other plastic bags (including dry cleaning bags), may be dropped off at any of several large grocery and retail stores for recycling. Each year, Americans throw away more than 100 billion plastic bags. Less than 1% is recycled. Recycling these bags reduces waste and litter, resulting in cleaner streets and waterways. In addition, using recycled plastic bags in place of virgin plastics reduces our demand for foreign oil. Recycled plastic bags provide valuable material to manufacturers of plastic lumber, plastic bags and other useful products. For more information on plastic bag recycling and drop off locations, click here.

Read the Curbside Recycling Guide to learn how to separate recyclables for curbside collection. In addition, you can bring other items, including household chemicals, rechargeable batteries, electronics, and plastic bags for recycling and old or expired medications for disposal to Household Material Recovery Days. Check out the schedule of upcoming events to find a Household Material Recovery Day or Mobile Shredder event near you.

One significant way that everyone can contribute to environmental conservation is through waste reduction. In addition, old products can also be donated to reduce additions to the waste stream. Charities accept old furniture, clothing, toys, and other items for reuse. Through Westchester County's Treasure Hunt program residents can recycle their old items by giving them away for free.

And finally, here's something you can write home about. Westchester County is a leader in recycling. In 2009, 61 percent of all solid waste was recycled, which is well above the EPA national goal of 35 percent. It is also an impressive improvement over the 2008 county recycling rate of 46 percent.

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