The only plastics acceptable in curbside recycling are bottles and jugs (milk jugs, orange juice bottles, water/pop bottles, shampoo bottles, etc.)and tubs (butter tubs, yogurt containers, individual fruit, applesauce, pudding cups, sur cream containers, etc) Other plastic containers (strawberry, blueberry, lettuce containers, etc.) are a different type of plastic that is not able to be recycled locally.
Plastic bottles and jugs, in which the body is larger than the mouth, are "blow molded" which means the shape is made by blowing air into a mold, similar to blowing air into a balloon. The other plastic packaging is made in a process called "injection molded," whereby hot liquid plastic is injected into a mold and then removed once it cools and hardens. Blow-molded and injection molded plastics melt and cool at different temperatures, therefore are not compatible in the reprocessing stage. We currently only have local markets for blow-molded plastic packaging.