Plastic #2 (HDPE) Alternative ways to recycle Recycle Curbside No Plastic Bags in Curbside Recycling Many plastic bags are labeled plastic #2 or #4, but they are too thin to recycle with hard plastics and will get caught in recycling machinery. Find out how to dispose of plastic bags. Clean Out Containers If a container once held food or liquid, it needs to be emptied, cleaned and dried as well as you can before recycling it. Containers with food, liquids and other residues can contaminate whole batches of recycling and end up in a landfill. Help Prevent Litter Plastic #2 is a lightweight material that easily finds its way into the environment, where it can leach toxic chemicals. Dispose of it properly to prevent it from becoming litter. Alternative Ways to Recycle Fabric Care Recycling Program Recycle laundry bottles, caps and paperboard packaging through the Fabric Care Free Recycling Program, a free TerraCycle program. Garnier® Recycling Program Recycle Garnier® skincare and hair care packaging through the Garnier® Free Recycling Program by Terracycle. Accepted items include bottles and pumps, tubs and lids, roller bottles and flexible pouches. Did You Know? What Plastic #2 Can Become Plastic #2 can be recycled into new plastic jugs, plastic lumber, patio furniture, flower pots, buckets, recycling bins, benches and fencing.