Plastic Types & Recycling
As a plastic product manufacturer, we recognize daily our environmental objectives and plastic consumption responsibilities. Our main priorities focus on recycling, reducing, and re-using plastic whenever possible.
With this, we’ve created a guide to help consumers recognise the role they play in ensuring plastic avoids landfill and continues to be re-used and recycled into new or alternative products.
According to Waste Online, the world's annual consumption of plastic materials has increased from around five million tonnes in the 1950s to nearly 100 million tonnes today. It’s important to recycle plastics or at least reduce your consumption, as most types take hundreds of years to break down naturally if they're sent to landfill sites.
Plastic bottle recycling
- Local authorities accept plastic bottles via recycling banks or kerbside collection schemes.
- If your home recycling bin doesn't take plastic bottles, you may be able to deposit them at your local recycling bank.
- Clean and squash bottles before recycling them.
- Some plastic bottle lids can be recycled if they're made from a type of plastic collected by your council. If in doubt, leave it out.
- Small plastic bottles can be reused many times, so consider using them in other ways too: in the garden, e.g. to grow seedlings.
Recycling plastic packaging
- There are few facilities in the UK for recycling plastic packaging like margarine tubs and plastic food trays. This is partly because two of the most common materials in food packaging are also two of the most difficult and uneconomical materials to recycle – plastic and cardboard.
- Check the packaging label before disposal.
- Buy products made from recycled plastic where possible. This helps complete the recycling loop and raise demand for recycled plastics.
- Separate and recycle any paper or foil elements of the packaging if your kerbside collection scheme accepts these materials.
- Reuse plastic carrier bags as often as possible. Some supermarkets in-store recycling banks for carrier bags, or the option to hand bags back to the driver if your shopping is delivered to your home.