While white HDPE (like milk bottles) is the most recycled plastic, there is much less demand for coloured HDPE because the coloured material is hard to sort. Even properly cleaned and placed in the blue bin, the chance of coloured HDPE being recycled is quite low. So if there is no recycling bin handy, do not feel bad about throwing away non-white HDPE. Or better yet, clean it and save it for a local recycling project as suggested above.
Shampoo & Detergent Bottle
Blue Bins & Chutes
Recycling Bins & Chutes
These bottles are almost always type #2 plastic (HDPE) or sometimes clear type #1 (PET). Both can be recycled. Wash the bottle out and throw away the dispensing pump which may have a metal spring and/or may be made with unrecyclable material .
HDPE is a wonderful material for local recycling projects.
Plastify (The Plastic Project)
Tips & Suggestions
Be weary of in-store take-back programmes