Plastic #2 (HDPE)


Plastic #2 containers are highly recyclable. Common examples include: detergent bottles, household cleaner bottles, milk jugs, and shampoo/conditioner bottles.

Prep Plastic #2 for Recycling:

  • Empty all contents from bottle or container.
  • Plastic lids can stay on.

Athens Services accepts in their recycling most #1-7 plastics. Some plastics are highly recyclable, including #1 bottles and clamshells, and #2 and #5 containers. Other plastics might be acceptable in the recycling containers, but may not have a market to be recycled.

To identify your products’ plastic type, look for the resin number inside the chasing arrows, usually located on the bottom of the item. The recycling symbol does not indicate if the product is recyclable or not.

Plastic Reduction Tips:

  • Buy cleaning products in bulk and/or from shops that offer refill options. 
  • Consider plastic free options, like concentrated cleaning refills that can be dissolved in water.  
  • Subscribe to a delivery option that allows reusable and returnable containers (i.e. milk, household items, and food).
  • Other less-plastic waste options for detergent include laundry strips, mineral pellets, and soap nuts.
Plastic Bag

No Plastic Bags in Curbside Recycling

Many plastic bags are labeled plastic #2 or #4, but they are too thin to recycle with hard plastics and will get caught in recycling machinery. Find out how to dispose of plastic bags.


Empty Motor Oil Containers are Hazardous Waste

Even if an empty, cleaned motor oil container is marked as HDPE #2 plastic, it is still hazardous waste. Learn how to dispose of empty motor oil containers.

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What Plastic #2 Can Become

Plastic #2 can be recycled into new plastic jugs, plastic lumber, patio furniture, flower pots, buckets, recycling bins, benches and fencing.