Laundry detergent bottles fall under the category of Plastic #2, high-density polyethylene (HDPE), along with other products like cleaner bottles, milk jugs, and other rigid, non-clear/colored plastics.
This material is definitely in demand and recyclable in many conventional recycling centers.
In fact, “TerraCycle and Tide have partnered to create a free recycling database for your laundry bottles. This means your #2 plastic laundry bottles and #5 plastic laundry caps (caps securely affixed to their respective bottles) are now fully recyclable.”
As for products that can be made from this type of recycled plastic, it’s usually more plastic bottles like the ones that were recycled to make them.
When water bottles or even milk jugs are recycled, there are a greater number of options as to what can be made from them because they are clear or opaque and can be made into a plastic container of any color.
When laundry detergent bottles, or bottles from a number of other soaps or cleaners, are recycled, the types of products they can be made into are more limited because of the color of the plastic being recycled.
Laundry detergent bottles, along with any other type of recycling, should be free of remaining product residue, such as detergent, soap, cleaners, oil or food. This step will ensure a higher rate of recovery at the recycling center.
Recyclables that are not clean enough or free from residue could not only end up in the landfill, they could contaminate a whole load of recyclable materials.
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