I'm not sure what I think of their response because I'm sure most producers of liquid products face the same dilemmas of keeping their items fresh and they still have plastics eligible for curbside recycling. I will say this though, at least they had an answer. A lot of places I write, give me generic answers that don't explain anything having to do with the question.Thank you for your interest in the recyclability of the plastic Arizona gallon bottles. We at Arizona Beverages have worked with our plastic bottle manufacturer, Graham Packaging, to make our plastic bottles recyclable and as environmentally friendly as possible. Due to the rigors of our filling process and in order to insure that the product inside remains fresh for as long as possible we need to use a special grade of plastic in the bottle. Because of this, we are required by law to use the Resin Identification code #7 on the bottom of the bottle.
Before we commercialized this bottle, we worked with the member companies of the Association of Post Consumer Plastic Recyclers to determine how the bottle would affect the plastic recycling stream. The testing concluded that the bottle could be recycled with other polypropylene bottles to make products such as battery cases, sheeting and piping.
Polypropylene recycling has not grown as fast as HDPE and PET recycling and as of today not as many curbside-recycling programs collect it. We are continuing to work with recyclers to expand the polypropylene recycling programs. Each year, more products are being packaged in polypropylene and more plastic recyclers are including it in their process. Thank you for your continued support of AriZona!
So, you be the judge on whether or not this is a product you'll continue buying. Personally, I like being able to put my containers in the recycling bins. While AriZona tea jugs may be able to be recycled in "products such as battery cases, sheeting and piping", I don't see as though it matters if consumers don't have areas to recycle the containers. Thus, they will end up in the trash, aka not recycled.