Milk Jugs


Milk jugs are made of #2 plastic which is highly recyclable.

Prep for Recycling

  • Empty all liquid from bottles.
  • 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.

Ways to Reuse

Make a Handy Scoop

With its convenient handle, a milk jug makes a great scoop for gardening, dog food, or for the kids’ sandbox. Just cut the bottom off with a pair of scissors.

Did You Know?

Most Eco-Friendly Milk Container? Plastic or Glass, Not the Carton

Glass is often considered the most eco-friendly milk container because it’s the easiest to reuse and it is endlessly recyclable, but its ingredients aren’t renewable and it’s heavy to transport. Plastic is easily recycled (although recovery rates are lower than they should be), but it often winds up being downcycled, which means it’s turned into products that can’t be recycled. Cartons never come out on top, because they’re not easily recyclable and frequently end up in the landfill. Read more on

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