What is a resin identification code?

Posted April 7, 2016


The resin identification code (what appears to be the recycling symbol with a number in the middle) appearing on your plastic bottles refers to the type of plastic used in the bottle. You will also find the code on almost every other plastic product around your home, from your grocery bags to your children’s playground equipment.

Below, we have listed each type of plastic represented by the symbols. Contrary to popular conception, the resin identification code does not mean that the plastic is made from recycled goods or is recyclable itself. While you can recycle plastic, not all plastics are recycled. This guide is meant as an encyclopedic overview of the codes, not an exhaustive resource on plastic safety. Because we discover more about the nature of plastics every year, be sure to do a little research to ensure that your plastic product is safe for use in the dishwasher, microwave, or by children.

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