Recycling plastic is all about recovering waste and scrap plastic so it can be reused into functional products. The goal of recycling is environmental and economical - we want to reduce the high rates of plastic pollution while ensuring plastic production is still sustainable and cost effective to use on a large scale. Plastics are economically and environmentally efficient, lightweight and durable. They can be easily moulded into a seemingly countless range of products for a huge number of applications, from forming part of an automobile to protecting our food. With more than 100 million tons of plastics manufactured globally each year, the reuse, recovery and recycling of plastics is vital.
Which Plastics are Recyclable?The following plastics can be recycled in provided recycling centers and specified waste recycling bins:
- PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) - e.g. fruit juice and soft drink bottles
- HDPE (High-density polyethylene) - e.g. shampoo containers or milk bottles
- PVC (Plasticised Polyvinyl chloride or polyvinyl chloride) - e.g. cordial, juice or squeeze bottles
- LDPE (Low-density polyethylene)- e.g. bread bags and plastic bags
- PS (Polystyrene) - e.g. foam hot drink cups, plastic cutlery and containers
- PP (Polypropylene) - e.g. lunch boxes, takeout food containers, ice cream containers.