Is this recyclable? Use AI to find out.

Below is a free tool to identify recyclability. Just upload your image, and our AI will predict if an item is recyclable - in just seconds.

recyclability identifier

This tool is for informational purposes only. Curbside recycling policies can differ city by city. Please refer to local guidelines, and for plastics please double-check below. For best results, take a picture that contains only the item.

Plastic Symbol Double-Check

Symbol General Rules Examples
#1 & #2 Accepted by curbside programs Water/soda bottles, milk jugs, shampoo bottles
#5 Accepted by many curbside programs. Check local guidelines Yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles, medicine bottles, plastic straws
#3,#4,#6,#7 Generally not accepted, but check local rules PVC, food wrap, styrofoam, produce bags, plastic bags (though drop-off spots exist), CD cases

How this identifier works

To start, upload your image. Our AI tool will then predict if an item is recyclable.

This pretrained image model uses a Nyckel-created dataset and is built with 9500 samples across 17 labels, including Recyclable Glass, Non-Recyclable Glass, Metal, Plastic, Trash, and more.

We'll also show a confidence score (the higher the number, the more confident the AI model is that an item is recyclable).

Whether you’re a tech-minded environmentalist, just curious, or building recyclability detection into your application, we hope our classifier proves helpful.

Need to identify recyclability at scale?

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  • Environmental Services: Sort and classify different types of recyclable materials in waste streams

  • Waste Management Companies: Streamline the sorting process at recycling facilities for efficient material recovery

  • Manufacturing: Determine the recyclability of production waste to reduce manufacturing byproducts

  • Average consumers: Do you best to determine whether you can recycle an item or not.

  • Construction: Identify recyclable materials during demolition for sustainable waste management

  • Education: Teach students about recycling by automatically sorting materials in learning programs

  • Logistics: Monitor and optimize the recycling process within supply chain operations

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