In 2015 the government introduced new legislation for the collection, transport, recovery, and disposal of waste. This required all collection authorities to sperate recyclates, with the legislation aiming to help the UK achieve a higher level of 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.

Plastic Recycling

Commonly recycled plastics can be:

Types Name Common Uses Code Symbol
Polyethylene terephthalate. PET Fizzy drinks bottles, coffee makers, toasters, ovenproof trays and bags. 1 Plastic Recycling
High-density polyethlene (called polyethene). HDPE Bottles for fruit juices, household cleaners, chemicals, most aerosol caps and some carrier bags. 2 Recycled Waste
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 Waste Collection
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 Waste Collection Services
Polypropylene. PP Plastic straws, containers for soft cheeses and fats, microwaveable food tubs, film bags for crisps, biscuits, snacks. 5 Waste Management Companies
Polystyrene. PS Yoghurt pots, clear egg cartons, plastic cutlery and cups, cassette boxes, plastic coat hangers, ballpoint pen cases. 6 Waste Management Services
Other.   e.g: polycarbonate baby bottles 7