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Can I Recycle “Compostable” or “Biodegradable” Plastics in Philadelphia?
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Can I Recycle “Compostable” or “Biodegradable” Plastics in Philadelphia?

The terms “Compostable” and “Biodegradable” plastics basically just mean plastics that are made with resin content that is bio (instead of fossil) based.

This includes the CocaCola Plant Bottles or the biodegradable utensils and bowls that can be seen at SweetGreen. These plastics have the same chemical properties as the fossil-based plastics – which means they can be recycled.

Can I Recycle “Compostable” or “Biodegradable” Plastics in Philadelphia?

The simple answer is yes!

That does not necessarily mean they are biodegradable or compostable, though – they’re often lined with plastic which can contaminate your bin. This Grist article explains further.

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Bridget is a cadet at the United States Military Academy. Her interest in the environment bloomed when she spent one month backpacking in the wilderness of New Mexico. Since that trip, she has been inspired to educate and encourage others to be more "environmentally friendly" so that the generations to come can enjoy the great outdoors, just as we can. View all posts by Bridget Wilby
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