Can Plastic Fruit Containers Be Recycled? Let’s Know-How


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Somewhere on that containers, probably on the bottom, you should see a raised triangle with a number inside of it ranging from 1 to 7, which is a code indicating the type of plastic it makes from.

Yes, it tells you the type of plastic it makes out of, but also that it can be recycled. Almost anything made out of plastic designed for Consumers will have that triangle. Look for the triangle with the number inside of it; then you can be comfortable recycling it.

Can Plastic Fruit Containers Be Recycled? Let's Know-How
Can Plastic Fruit Containers Be Recycled? Let’s Know-How

Recycling Plastic Containers

A few years ago, individual recyclers would only accept Plastics with a particular number; for example, 1 through 4 was acceptable. I haven’t seen or read that in quite some time, so I think most recyclers can now accept all types of a plastic container.

Can Plastic Fruit Containers Be Recycled? Let's Know-How
Can Plastic Fruit Containers Be Recycled? Let’s Know-How

PS…Certain things are just too thin to stamp with that triangle, especially thin product wrappers or those insane plastic shopping bags that you get at the supermarket or Walmart. Here is how I deal with recycling all those small plastic bags.

In the basement, I keep a 45 gallon thick 2.0 MIL contractor-grade plastic bag. Whenever I get those thin plastic bags, I keep stuffing them in that 45-gallon contractor-grade bag until it’s packed full. Once it is jam-packed full, I tie it shut, and then take it to the supermarket. Most supermarkets will take them off your hands and get them recycled properly. I would suggest calling them first.

TRIVIA…did you ever see one of those new plastic park benches in a park that are usually grey in colour? Those are made by melting down those plastic Supermarket bags. It takes approximately 70,000 bags to make one bench. This is how I suggest you recycle any of those plastic bags that you get.

That is much, much better than having them land in the stomach of a Sea mammal which clogs their intestines and causes a slow, painful death. I saw part of a documentary on National Geographic where a 30-ton blue whale beached itself and died. Scientists did a Necropsy and found that a single Supermarket plastic bag had clogged its intestine. So sad, indeed!

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Those stupid as bags are probably one of humankind’s worst inventions ever.!! As you can probably tell, I’m pretty passionate in my feelings about those silly bags. I take my reusable bags to the supermarket instead of using their plastic ones. Plus, the bags that I use hold four or five times more food than one of the supermarkets plastic bags.

Nowhere in the UK that I can think of individually wraps fruit. Fruit, in general, is one area of shopping where I think most people would agree that the amount of plastic used is acceptable.

Can Plastic Fruit Containers Be Recycled? Let's Know-How
Can Plastic Fruit Containers Be Recycled? Let’s Know-How

There is an argument to be had as to whether increased food wastage (and higher consumer costs) outweighs disposable plastic waste. If they aren’t already I bet stuff like apples will soon wrap in PLA or other biodegradable plastics. In the UK our consumers prefer the idea of food waste to plastic waste. I accept that it may well not be the case worldwide!

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