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What Do the Numbers Inside Recycling Symbols on Plastic Items Mean?

What Do the Numbers Inside Recycling Symbols on Plastic Items Mean?

What do the different numbers inside a recycling symbol on a plastic container mean? HowStuffWorks investigates.


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