A number of household plastics are recyclable in your bi-weekly recycling curbside pickup provided to County residents by the Mercer County Improvement Authority [MCIA].
Which plastics can be recycled
When recycling plastics, look for the number in the Recycling Symbol (usually found on the bottom of the item). This indicates the type of plastic that they are made of.
What does the plastic resin code on plastic mean?
Household plastics are usually marked with a number that indicates the type of plastic they’re made of. You can then use this information to determine whether or not certain plastic types are collected for recycling in their area. If you wish to be a better recycler think beyond your standard bottles and jugs when you are deciding which items to place in the recycling bin. A surprising amount of “nontraditional” items can also be included. Look at anything plastic and you could be surprised where you find a #1 and a #2 (items accepted in Mercer County).
ONLY #1 and #2 plastics can go in your Mercer County curbside recycling container.
- All Recyclables must be in the official buckets and at the curb by 7:00 AM.
- Recyclables should not be placed in plastic bags.
- If collection day falls on a holiday (Christmas, New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving) collection will be the following Saturday.
- Call for information at 609-278-8086.
- If your recycling pick up was accidentally missed fill out and submit the Missed Recycling Form and they will work to correct the problem.
2 thoughts on “Guide to Recyclables – Curbside Plastics”
Hi. Is there a place where I can take my #5 hard plastics to be recycled, e.g., orange pill bottles, yogurt and cottage cheese containers? Thank you.
According to our recycling guru, Heidi Furman, and I quote: “Unfortunately 5s are garbage.”