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Plastic recycling simplified! Thursday 15th August 2019

Recycling can definitely be confusing at times!

People often wonder what items they can and can’t recycle – in particular, plastic items!

Although it can be slightly confusing, in this article we’ll try and provide you with some useful info that will hopefully help you recycle easier.

It varies from council to council what plastic recycling they take, however as a general rule:

  • Most collect bottles
  • Others collect pots, tubs and trays
  • Some collect a much wider range

Click here to find out what can be recycled in your area

A lot of people aren’t sure what kinds of plastic packaging can be collected from your doorstep. In 99% of households, plastic detergent bottles, drinks bottles, milk bottles and toiletry bottles can all be collected from your doorstep! Furthermore, about 75% of households can have plastic tubs, pots and trays collected from them – still a significant amount! However, with plastics such as carrier bags, films and plastic pouches, the percentage drops to around 15% of households.

However, don’t let that dissuade you, these plastics can still be recycled at your local recycling center and we would encourage you to make the effort to do so! Every single-use plastic bag recycled helps!

Plastic packaging is generally made from seven different types of plastic and some are more recyclable than others. These seven include:

  • PET – commonly recycled
  • HDPE – commonly recycled
  • PVC – Almost never recycled
  • LDPE – Sometimes recycled
  • PP – commonly recycled
  • PS – Almost never recycled
  • Other – Almost never recycled

Here at RTP we solely use PP and HDPE plastic products, so they are easily recyclable when they finish their long life in business.

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