Why can’t I recycle number 3 through 7 plastics?

Recycling markets for number 3 through 7 plastics are difficult to find and rarely profitable. Many of these materials were sold to markets overseas until a recent shift in regulations, called Operation Green Fence, was enacted in China in response to high contamination. The value of these markets fluctuates with oil prices as well. When oil prices are low, manufacturing from recycled plastics is no less expensive than from new material. Many communities accept number 3 through 7 plastics in their recycling streams as a convenience to customers, but, when markets are scarce, the materials are often separated and sent to a landfill.

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1. Can I recycle biodegradable/compostable products?
2. Can I recycle food containers (i.e. salad containers, berry containers) that are labeled Number 1?
3. Where can I recycle fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, cell phones and bear spray?
4. Can I recycle paperboard (cereal boxes, beer containers) or egg cartons?
5. Can I recycle plastic packaging and wrap?
6. Do I need to clean out my containers before recycling?
7. Do I need to destroy my files before recycling my computer?
8. Does Teton County recycle clothes?
9. How do I dispose of electronics? Do I have to pay?
10. How much is Jackson Hole recycling?
11. Is Jackson Community Recycling part of the county? Is it a non-profit?
12. What does the recycling logo mean on plastics?
13. Which costs more - recycling or sending trash to the landfill?
14. Why can’t I recycle number 3 through 7 plastics?
15. Why do I have to separate my recyclables?
16. Why do recycling practices differ from city to city?
17. Can I recycle pizza boxes?