Plastic #2 (HDPE) Put in Recycling Cart See Alternatives Keep Plastic Bags Separate Many plastic bags are labeled plastic #2 or #4, but they are too thin to recycle with hard plastics and will get caught in the processing machinery. Find out how to dispose of plastic bags. Clean Out Containers Before recycling a plastic container that once held food, get the container as clean and dry as possible. Containers that contain recycling contaminants like food are often separated out and sent to a landfill. Pay Attention to Proper Disposal Plastic #2 is a lightweight material that easily finds its way into the environment, where it can leach toxic chemicals. Alternative Ways to Recycle Tide® Laundry Bottle Recycling Program Recycle laundry bottles and caps through TerraCycle’s free mail-in recycling program. They accept plastic #2 bottles with their plastic #5 caps securely attached. Find out more about the Tide® Laundry Bottle Recycling Program. Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Program Recycle hair care, skin care and cosmetic product packaging through this free mail-in program by TerraCycle and Garnier. Accepted items include shampoo caps, conditioner caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray triggers, soap dispensers and tubes, body wash caps, and lotion dispensers and caps. Find out more. Did You Know? What Plastic #2 Can Become Plastic #2 can be recycled into new plastic jugs, plastic lumber, patio furniture, flower pots, buckets, recycling bins, benches and fencing.