In 2015 the government introduced new legislation for the collection, transport, recovery, and disposal of waste. This required all collection authorities to separate recyclates, with the legislation aiming to help the UK achieve a higher level of plastic recycling.
Due to complexity related to the many different types of plastic, we assess each plastic type to provide the correct form of plastic recycling.
Commonly recycled plastics can be:
|Polyethylene terephthalate.||PET||Fizzy drinks bottles, coffee makers, toasters, ovenproof trays and bags.||1|
|High-density polyethlene (called polyethene).||HDPE||Bottles for fruit juices, household cleaners, chemicals, most aerosol caps and some carrier bags.||2|
|Poly vinyl chloride.||PVC||Bottles for fruit squash, cooking oil, shampoo, blister packs, cling film, guttering, electrical conduits, window frames, wire and cable insulation.||3|
|Low-density polyethylene.||LDPE||Squeezy containers for sauces and cosmetics, plastic films (e.g. shrink wrap, sacks, freezer bags), some plant pots, ink tubes in ballpoint pens.||4|
|Polypropylene.||PP||Plastic straws, containers for soft cheeses and fats, microwaveable food tubs, film bags for crisps, biscuits, snacks.||5|
|Polystyrene.||PS||Yoghurt pots, clear egg cartons, plastic cutlery and cups, cassette boxes, plastic coat hangers, ballpoint pen cases.||6|
|Other.||e.g: polycarbonate baby bottles||7|