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Plastic Recycling

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Our plastic recycling service largely consists of the collection of baled plastic film and plastic bottles. We recycle all types of plastic bottles– clear, coloured, cloudy and we can supply dedicated bins for these bottles and also a system for shrink and bubble wrap.

There are seven main classes of plastics which have been coded on packaging to give guidance to consumers on the different types of recyclable plastics. The different categories are shown in the table below. Although all recyclable in theory, the most common and easy to recycle are PETE and HDPE but all plastics need to be clean and have no contamination of any sort.

Plastic Facts

- Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled
- A plastic bottle can take 500 years to decompose
- Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles save 1.5 tonne of carbon

Plastic Identification Symbols:

Symbol Polymer type Examples
  PET Polyethylene Terepthalate Soft & Fizzy Drinks Bottles
Mineral Water &
Squashes
  HDPE High Density Polyethylene Milk Bottles
Juice Bottles
Washing up liquid
Bath and Shower Bottles
  Polyvinyl Chloride Blister Packaging & Food Containers
  LDPE Low Density Polyethylene Shrink Wrap & Cling Film. Clear Polythene Bags & Bin Liners.
  PP Polypropylene Bottle CapsMargarine Tubs & Yoghurt Pots
  PS Polystyrene Vending Cups, Tableware Foam Hamburger Boxes & Food Trays
  Other All other resins and multi-materials Any other plastics that do not fall into the above categories – for example Melamine, often used in plastic cups & plates.

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