Video: Can I Recycle That? Plastic Bottles and Jugs

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Video: Can I Recycle That? Plastic Bottles and Jugs


Can you recycle plastic bottles and jugs? Short answer: yes. Watch now to learn our bottle and jug recycling mantra.


How to Recycle Plastic Bottles and Jugs


The plastic bottles and jugs in your kitchen and bathroom, usually holding things like beverages or soap, can be recycled. To get them ready, empty them out, and if they’re sticky, give them a quick rinse. It might be tempting to skip this, but don’t. Liquid adds weight that may cause sorting machines to send unemptied containers to the wrong place. Plus, spills can ruin other recyclables and attract unwelcome pests.


Labels and caps are usually welcome in recycling, though, so don’t stress those labels. And recycle your caps! Make sure they’re screwed tightly on (check locally to verify).


This is your bottle and jug recycling mantra: empty, rinse, recap!


More Recycling Resources


Once you’ve watched the video, try some of these fun activities and lessons with the students in your classroom.


Lesson Plan: Fundamentals of Waste

Help high school students understand why waste management is a critical issue for a sustainable future. This lesson takes about an hour to complete.


Lesson Plan: Something From Nothing & the 3 Rs

This one is for the younger crowd. They’ll learn a new and exciting way to limit the amount of waste they produce by reusing it for something completely different!


Free Digital Slideshow: The Ins and Outs of Recycling

Getting ready to talk to your students about recycling? Need to lead a meeting about bringing recycling to your school? You’ll love this free recycling slideshow! It’s available in PowerPoint or Prezi.


Lesson Plan: The Life Cycle of Recycling

Have you ever considered what happens to an aluminum can after you drop it into the recycling bin? In this science and language arts lesson, students explore the life cycle of recycling.

Can I Recycle That? Plastic Bottles and Jugs

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