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.
- 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.