Test Your Environmental IQ: Take Our Plastic Recycling Quiz

Take our quiz and test your environmental IQ

| Jan. 22, 2008

Think you know a lot about plastics and how to recycle them? Take our quiz to find out.

1. How many types of plastic are there?

  • 7
  • 8
  • 15
  • 50

2. Which types of plastic are accepted at most recycling centers?

  • # 1 PET (or PETE) and #2 HDPE
  • Only #3 PVC
  • None of them are recyclable, which is why they're piling up in landfills.
  • All non-PVC plastics can be recycled throughout most of the United States.

3. Which type of plastic is not easy to recycle?

  • #1 PET and #2 HDPE
  • #5 PP
  • #3 PVC
  • None of the above

4. How many years does it take for plastic to biodegrade in landfills?

  • 25
  • 50
  • 500
  • 1,000


10/19/2015 12:51:53 PM

I got 3 out of 4...not too bad...I messed up on #3...the Q about which is hard to recycle. : ( Even before reading this article, I knew that plastics were bad for the environment, & I DO try to buy things without plastic containers/wraps, but it's not an easy task. Give me glass or metal any day.

2/4/2008 1:01:20 PM

To my surprise, I got them all right!!

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