Solid Waste Department

Plastic

Plastic recycling includes:

  • All plastic containers with the numbers 1-7, as shown below on the bottom of the container
  • Rinse containers and discard lids
  • Labels do not need to be removed

Do not include:

  • Non-container plastic
  • NO BLACK PLASTICS AND LARGE, RIGID PLASTIC CONTAINERS such as 5-gallon buckets and kitty litter buckets.
  • plastic bags and wrap
  • agricultural plastic
  • plastic toys
  • containers that are not 100% plastic
  • any containers that previously held hazardous materials or motor oil
  • toothpaste tubes
  • coat hangers
  • PVC pipes
  • Styrofoam
  • garden hoses
  • clamshell packaging
  • packing/mailing materials

Allegany County accepts these materials free of charge at all Allegany County Recycling Centers


What happens to the plastic we collect?

These materials are currently sold to Trigon Plastic where the #1 and #2 plastics are pelletized and then used to manufacture plastic lumber and ultimately outdoor patio furniture sold through their sister company Casual Living Unlimited. The remainder of the plastics are pelletized and sold to other users.


Tons and Revenues

In 2023, Allegany County Residents diverted 75.11 tons of plastic from the waste stream. The revenue of $6,893 helped offset the price of the Residential Disposal Permits and Disposal Tickets.