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Are Plastic Straws Recyclable?


You don’t have to self-identify as an eco-warrior to know that straws are having a moment right now. As in, a moment where they are villainized, everybody hates the plastic ones (but also doesn’t really love the paper ones), and some cities have even banned them. And sure, we know that plastic straws end up in our oceans and ultimately are bad for marine life like turtles, but what exactly is so bad about plastic straws? Is it that they aren’t ending up where they are supposed to or is it that plastic straws ultimately aren’t recyclable?

What Are Plastic Straws Made Of?

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As you may well know, there are many different categories of plastic based on the resins. Plastics #1, #2, and #3 are generally recyclable, while some other kinds of plastic are more difficult. Plastic straws are usually made from resin #5, known as polypropylene. The good news is this plastic can be recycled in most cases.