Join the Movement
Whenever you recycle at home or in your community, you are playing an important part in the mission of Recycling Counts™. It all starts by placing your used plastic bottles in the recycling bin. Repeating this one simple action can truly make a difference, and the more people who participate the greater the impact. The plastic that you recycle is kept out of landfills and can be made into new bottles and all kinds of other products. Join the Recycling Counts™ movement by recycling your used plastic bottles at home and in your community!
How to Recycle
Recycling Counts™ at home and in your community. How can you get started?
- GET INFORMED ABOUT RECYCLING
Contact your city government to find out about the curbside recycling programs that exist in your area. Local recycling companies will let you know what is recyclable and how the collection process works.
- USE RECYCLING BINS
Place a recycling bin in your home to collect used, recyclable plastics.
- INCLUDE BOTTLE CAPS
Remember to leave the caps on your bottles. Many recycling facilities recycle caps! Contact your city government to find out details for your area.
- KEEP IT DRY AND CLEAN
Keep your recyclable items dry and clean. Remove leftover products such as soda or juice from plastic bottles with a quick rinse. Items that are wet or that contain leftover products can contaminate the other recyclable items.
- LEAVE IT OUT
If you’re unsure about whether an item is recyclable or not, check with your local recycler or leave it out. Some non-recyclable items such as medical waste, propane cylinders, paint and chemicals can be dangerous or can contaminate the items that are recyclable.
- DON’T BAG RECYCLABLES
Bagged recyclables pose a risk of contamination from potential substances inside the bag, and therefore are sent to landfills. The bags themselves can also get caught in sorting equipment.
- SPREAD THE WORD
Initiate a conversation with family and friends to spread the word on recycling at home and in the community so we can all be part of Recycling Worth Repeating!™
- REACH OUT FOR ANSWERS
Still not sure? If you have additional questions about how to recycle in your area, reach out to your city government or recycling facility for further answers.
Why is packaging necessary? It plays a role in making everyday life more safe, hygienic and convenient. Take a look at how packaging affects us all.
Protection from contamination and damage from moisture, gases, light, microorganisms and insects
Preserving products to last longer which gives people more time to use or consume them
- WASTE PREVENTION
Products are kept intact and spills are avoided with proper packaging
- EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION
Efficient transport over long distances encourages trade and stackable packaging saves space
- DISPLAYS INFORMATION
Important information is displayed such as nutritional content, allergy warnings and expiration dates
What is plastic? And what makes it a good packaging material? Getting down to the basics shows us the features of plastic and why it’s so useful for packaging. Learn more about plastic and why Packaging Matters™ in our Plastics 101 section!
Plastipak's Commitment to Sustainability
Plastipak is committed to sustainable packaging from design and development to recycling. We are committed to recycling initiatives that turn used plastics into resin for new bottles, preventing millions of pounds of material from ending up in landfills each year.
Plastipak’s sustainability initiatives are guided by a bottle to bottle approach to recycling which is accomplished through our recycling affiliate, Clean Tech. Our four global recycling centers utilize the most advanced recycling technologies to recycle HDPE and PET plastics which will be used to make new bottles. Thanks to this recycling approach, billions of bottles are repurposed annually.
With recycling, used plastic bottles can be turned into resin to make new bottles. This bottle to bottle recycling approach creates a sustainable life cycle for plastic packaging. Learn more about this process and discover how you can take part in Recycling Worth Repeating!™
Plastipak Partnerships and Associations
Plastipak collaborates with partners and associations to maximize recycling efforts for the greatest positive impact on the environment and to promote recycling efforts in local communities.