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Plastic Bottle Recycling

Recycling plastic bottles reduces the amount of rubbish going to landfill, extending the life of our landfill sites. It also conserves non-renewable fuels and energy.

Did you Know? The energy saved by recycling one plastic bottle can power a 60W light bulb for 6 hours.

What types of plastic bottles can be recycled?

  • PET (Polyethylene Terephalate)
    Examples: fizzy drink and squash type bottles.
  • HDPE (High Density Polyethylene)
    Examples: milk bottles and household bleach.
  • PVC (Polyvinylchloride)
    Example: some imported mineral water.

  • PP (Polypropylene)
    Example: washing up liquid bottles.

The above four types probably make up around 99% of all plastic bottles. Tops should be removed as they can occasionally contain a nylon sealing washer which is difficult to remove as part of the recycling process.

For more information on why the council can only recycle plastic bottles, please view Plastic bottle recycling: questions and answers.

How can you get involved?

You can recycle your plastic bottles in your recycling bin. If you do not currently have this service you can recycle your plastic bottles at one of the plastic recycling banks in Southampton.

Below is a list of plastic banks in your local area:

  • Bitterne: Sainsbury's, Peartree Gardens

  • Shirley: Cannon Street

  • Portswood: Westridge Road

  • Woolston: Oakbank Car park

To find your nearest plastic recycling bank please use this map where all recycling bring sites are plotted.

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