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.