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I thought I would end the Surprising Recyclables era (for now) by returning to where it all began – Little Tikes. We have a couple of their toys, and the first one I checked yielded paydirt. Right there on the gray backboard I saw the resin identification code for plastic #2, which means the toy […]


When I was breaking down an empty detergent box the other day, I stopped to look at the scoop before throwing it out. It was labeled as a #1 plastic, which means it’s recyclable here in the Lowcountry. In fact, it’s RPET, which is already recycled polyethylene terephthalate. Using RPET products supports the market FOR […]


I was wandering around Lowe’s the other day with my two boys, and we were doing more playing than shopping. After riding the lawn mowers, discussing the merits of various fountains, and taking a trip through Holiday Decoration Valley, we literally bumped into the “Caution: Wet Floor” sign. This ubiquitous yellow pyramid can be found […]


Plastic product packaging always seems to end up in the trash at my house, typically because it’s made from a non-recyclable plastic. That’s why I was happy to see that the bag from my portable DVD player’s remote control indicated it was made from Polyethylene Terephthalate, or plastic #1. That means it can be dropped […]


The other day I was wandering around the yard with my plastic watering can instead of my hose. I’ve been doing this to conserve water, where as before I would have just been spraying down everything as if I was trying to save the Towering Inferno. When I got back to the garage, I set […]


I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the standard blue recycling bins are recyclable. Of course they are – they’re made from recycled plastic #2 (High Density Polyethylene). Look closely, and you’ll see the resin identification code, which means you can take yours to any Charleston County Recycling drop site if it wears out. Please […]


The ubiquitous 5 gallon white paint bucket…you know you have 1 or 2 in the garage, either crusty with interior latex paint or full of last summer’s pruned mums. I’ve used these buckets for years as gardening tools, yet never thought to look for a resin identification code. Sure enough, it’s a #2 plastic (High […]


I love surprises. Some day I hope to be surprised to find I’m not the only one with reusable bags in a Target store. Today, I was surprised to see a #2 resin identification code on the handle of my bright red cart. I looked around, and they were everywhere. All the plastic on the […]


Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been storing my paperboard packaging containers in a milk crate as research for an upcoming post. When I emptied the crate into my blue bin last night, I noticed that the resin identification code was a #2. That means the crate is made from High Density Polyethylene, and can […]


One side effect of my personal greenification is that I now question everything I use, own, and buy. Did I really need this? Can it be reused? Can it be recycled? Did my weed eater just melt a glacier? It’s really quite nerve racking. Because of this, I often find myself looking for recyclables that […]










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