Why don’t you list the recycling numbers for the plastics?

The recycling number found on plastics in the recycling triangle is called a resin identification code (RIC).  Its purpose is to identify the type of plastic an item is made from, not its recyclability.  Unfortunately, many consumers believe any item with this recycling number means it is recyclable, so they put Styrofoam and plastic bags (which have these numbers) in their curbside recycling container.  Neither of these items is accepted in the Newport News curbside recycling program because of logistical or processing challenges.  Also, these codes are often very difficult to see or read on the plastic containers.  For these reasons, the recycling industry is getting away from using these numbers to identify recyclable plastics and instead are referring to the shape of the plastic container:  bottles, jugs and tubs.  For those residents who still want to use the RIC, Newport News accepts plastics #1 and #2 in the recycling program.

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1. What materials are accepted in the recycling containers?
2. Why can't we put plastic bags in the recycling cart?
3. What do I do with extra recycling, such as cardboard, that won't fit inside the blue cart? Can I put it in a bag next to the cart?
4. What if the lid comes off my blue recycling cart?
5. What if I forget to set my blue recycling cart out on the day of my collection? Will they come by and collect it the following week?
6. What if my recycling container did not get emptied on my regular collection day, and I had my container out at the curb by 7 AM?
7. What if my recycling container is not big enough?
8. What happens if someone puts trash in their recycling container?
9. What time will they be by my house to collect my recycling container?
10. What if the recycling container is just too big for my backyard or garage and I don't want it.
11. If I choose not to recycle, does my solid waste user fee go down?
12. Can I put yard waste in my recycling container?
13. Are Pizza boxes recyclable?
14. Why don’t you list the recycling numbers for the plastics?