Why can’t I recycle plastics without a neck if they are #1 or #2?

The number of plastics with a neck that are not #1 and #2 are minimal so the Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) can easily weed them out. Here is the technical explanation:

Plastics #1 and #2 with a neck are the only plastic containers that hold any value on the recycling commodities market at this time. Bottles with a neck are blow molded and melted at a certain temperature. Plastic bottles without a neck are injection molded and melted at a different temperature. When the two different types of materials are mixed in the recycling stream they create a contamination problem because there is no market for the injection molded plastics #1 and #2 at this time and they do not melt down together. To streamline the response we simply leave the numbers out of the conversation and tell folks that we accept any plastic bottle with a neck. The small number of plastics with a neck that are not #1 and #2 are easier for the MRF to weed out.

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1. What can I put in my cart?
2. Can I still recycle my yogurt cups?
3. Can I put shredded paper in the curbside recycling cart?
4. Which plastic numbers does the County accept?
5. Why can’t I recycle #3-7 plastics?
6. Why isn’t there more information on what plastics can’t go in the cart?
7. Where can I find more information about the Curbside Recycling Program?
8. Why can’t I recycle plastics without a neck if they are #1 or #2?
9. Does the County accept the same items as recyclable at our convenience centers and for curbside collection or are different items allowed?
10. What Color are the James City County Recycling Carts? Also, what size do they come in?
11. Will TFC service my personal recycling cart?
12. What time does my recycling cart have to be curbside?
13. If I forget to bring my cart outside by 7 a.m. on my collection day, will TFC come back to service me?
14. What if my items are out by 7 a.m. and I am not serviced?
15. Will TFC remove my items if they are on the ground? What is the correct way to remove items? Do they service the small recycling containers?
16. Can TFC or a JCC employee remove recycling items or products from other provided companies?
17. Can James City County service my trash and recycling?
18. Can I exchange my current cart for a new one? Or requests additional carts?
19. How much is the James City County Recycling cart?
20. How often will I be serviced? How will I know I have a collection?
21. When can I expect my cart to be delivered or removed?
22. When do I pay for my recycling services?
23. Where can I locate payments, refunds, and credits?
24. Where can I sign up for auto payment and reminders?