What does the recycling symbol on plastic products mean?

The triangle symbol found on plastics is part of the resin identification code (RIC) used to identify what type of plastic the product is made from. It is important to note that the presence of the RIC symbol on an item does not necessarily indicate that it is recyclable. Recycling programs utilize the RIC symbol to educate the public on which forms of plastic are accepted. The City of Sugar Land’s recycling program currently accepts #1-5 and 7 plastics.

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