Plastics, Cardboards & Other Materials

Plastic recyclers are on the increase

While plastic is a useful material found in many every-day products, it is non-biodegradable and can
take thousands of years to disintegrate and decompose. The disposal of plastic is a potential source
of serious pollution to the earth. Fortunately, some types of plastic can be recycled and are identified
by the recycling codes polyethylene terephthalate (PETE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

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Recycling PETE plastic

Often referred to as type 1 plastic, PETE plastics are used in soft drink bottles as well as food and non-food containers because of their good gas and moisture barrier properties. This type of plastic can be recycled into carpet yarns, fiberfill, tote bags, food and drink containers, luggage and clothing. 

HDPE plastic recycling

Used to make bottles for beverages with short shelf life like milk and juice, HDPE is referred to as type 2 plastic. Because of its good chemical resistance, it is also used for containers for household and industrial chemicals like detergents and bleaches. HDPE plastic can be recycled into bottles for detergents, shampoo, conditioner and motor oil. It can also be made into pipes, buckets, pens, film, bins and benches. Great Northwest Recycling accepts PETE and HDPE plastics on a donation basis only.

Great Northwest Recycling accepts PETE and HD PE plastics on a donation
basis only.


Cardboard is one of the most common recyclable materials

Over 85% of all products that are sold in the United States are packed in cardboard.
Recognizing that cardboard is the single largest component of municipal solid waste around the world, whether it’s an individual small-scale effort or a larger-scale industrial level, it’s a must to incorporate cardboard recycling. There are two types of cardboard considered recyclable: first, the tangled/messy kind which is generally seen in packaging materials and second, the flat cardboard or paperboard.

Great Northwest Recycling acceptable cardboard products

Contact us and our recycling experts will assist you in identifying acceptable plastic and cardboard

All cardboard should be dry, clean, free of debris and flattened. Cardboard is accepted at
Great Northwest Recycling on a donation basis only.


  • Cereal boxes
  • Shirt boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Packing boxes (flattened)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Pizza boxes (clean and free of any food item)
  • Beverage boxes
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