Material: Plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays
There are many different types of plastic and some are easier to recycle than others. There are only certain plastic items that we can recycle through your green kerbside collection. In Herefordshire and Worcestershire we can recycle plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays from your home.
Black plastic should not be included. This is because the pigments that are commonly used to make the packaging black also make it difficult for the packaging to be identified by plastics sorting systems.
Depending on the type of plastic that’s being recycled, it can be made into a wide range of new items including refuse sacks, carrier bags, underground drainage systems, flower pots, seed trays, guttering, watering cans, water butts, bumpers on cars, wheel bins, food caddies, compost bins, wormeries, new drinks bottles and food trays as well as polyester fabric for clothing.
There are many different types of plastic so once they have been sorted at EnviroSort they will then be sent on for further sorting at UK facilities. After they have been sorted into individual polymer types they will be sent onto reprocessors to be made into new products. Some of this can be done at UK facilities but some plastics are exported for recycling as well and get made into new products in Europe or Asia.
Did you know – It only takes 25 two litre pop bottles to make one adult sized fleece jacket!