Mixed plastic recycling banks introduced

Residents now able to recycle more plastic

Plastic banks

The Waste and Recycling service at Southampton City Council has provided ten mixed plastic recycling banks at seven locations around the city to enable residents to recycle the plastics that are not currently collected as part of the kerbside collection scheme.

Residents can put the plastic pots, tubs, trays and Tetra Pak style cartons that we’re currently unable to pick up in our normal recycling collections in to these plastic recycling facilities. The banks will be put in place for at least two years to give residents the opportunity to recycle additional plastic materials until an alternative solution can be found.

Residents can still recycle all types of plastic bottles in their recycling bins at home. This includes drink bottles, shampoo bottles and cleaning product bottles (without the lids on – lids can go in to the banks).

Plastic pots, tubs and trays are made up of a wide variety of polymers such as PS, PP, PET, PVC, and LDPE. This range of polymers cannot currently be sorted in our Materials Recovery Facilities without significant investment in new equipment. A longer term solution to this issue is being looked at by ourselves and our partners.

The plastics that are collected from the recycling banks will remain in the UK and will ultimately be recycled in to new objects. Once collected, the mixed plastic waste is sorted and sent to a plastic reprocessing plant. Once at the plant it is graded before being shredded into flakes, which are then washed and cleaned. These are then melted and reformed into pellets, which are then sent off to be manufactured into products such as fleeces, toys and football shirts.

The banks have been located city wide, and can be found at:

• Angel Crescent car park, Bitterne – 2 banks
• Woodmill car park, Bitterne Park– 2 banks
• Cannon Street, Shirley – 2 banks
• Westridge Road car park, Portswood – 1 bank
• Green Park car park, Millbrook – 1 bank
• 5 acres/Rugby club car park, Redbridge Lane, Lordshill – 1 bank
• Oakbank car park, Woolston – 1 bank