Question of the Week: Triangle on plastic items

February 20th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

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Time for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable 20 oz. OSU water bottle.

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

On many plastic items, there is a number surrounded by a triangle. What does this symbol mean?

Answer

The type of plastic used.
Each number correlates with a different polymer of plastic. This does not, however, tell whether or not the plastic is recyclable.
To learn more about this system, visit our blog: http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/blog/2014/01/recycling-mythbusters-the-recycling-symbol/

The type of plastic used.

Each number correlates with a different polymer of plastic. This does not, however, tell whether or not the plastic is recyclable.

To learn more about this system, visit our segment in the Recycling Mythbusters series, where we delve more deeply into the topic.

And congratulations to Walker Holden for being the first to correctly answer this week’s Question of the Week!


2 Responses to “Question of the Week: Triangle on plastic items”

  1. Kyle Reed says:

    That is correct, great job! However, someone on our Facebook page correctly answered the question before you. Play again for another chance to win a promo item; we post questions weekly, typically on Wednesdays.

  2. bob durst says:

    Its the type of plastic