MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) -- Montgomery County is expanding its recycling program by adding PET thermoform plastics to its bins, County Executive Ike Leggett announced on Thursday.
PET plastic is a transparent, lightweight, strong, safe, shatterproof and recyclable packaging material suitable for many products. PET is commonly used to package fresh fruits and vegetable, bakery items, prepared foods and salads, and deli items. The containers are easily identified by the #1 code on or near the bottom.
"I am especially pleased to make this announcement because this is something that residents have been asking for," said Leggett.
Montgomery county's addition to PET plastic recycling was funded by a grant of $63,000 from the Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI) and the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR).
"This type of packaging material is becoming more widely used and is increasingly present in the waste stream. Forecasts indicate that the amount of PET thermoforms used will increase even more over time. We're pleased to be able to provide our residents with the opportunity to recycle all of this material," said Dan Locke, chief of the Division of Solid Waste Services.
For more information about Montgomery County's recycling program, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/recycling.