In 2015 the government introduced new legislation for the collection, transport, recovery, and disposal of waste. This requires all collection authorities to separate recyclates, with the legislation aiming to help the UK achieve a higher level of plastic recycling.
Due to the complex nature of the many different types of plastic, we assess each plastic type in order to provide you with the correct form of plastic recycling.
Accepted Materials: plastic bottles, shrink wrap, drinks bottles, milk bottles and plastic food trays.
|Polyethylene terephthalate.||PET||Fizzy drinks bottles, coffee makers, toasters, ovenproof trays and bags.||1|
High-density polyethylene (sometimes called polythene)
|HDPE||Bottles for fruit juices, household cleaners, chemicals, most aerosol caps and some carrier bags.||2|
|Polyvinyl 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 and ink tubes in ballpoint pens.||4|
|Polypropylene.||PP||Plastic straws, containers for soft cheeses and fats, microwaveable food tubs, film bags for crisps, biscuits and snacks.||5|
|Polystyrene.||PS||Yoghurt pots, clear egg cartons, plastic cutlery and cups, cassette boxes, plastic coat hangers and ballpoint pen cases.||6|
|Other.||e.g: polycarbonate baby bottles||7|