Plastic is one of the most popular and useful materials of modern times: we use about 20 times more plastic than we did 50 years ago. It’s vital that we recycle all the plastic we can we can.
In Sandwell, it’s really easy to recycle your plastic container packaging such as plastic bottles, food tubs, yogurt pots and other food containers from your home by placing them into your blue lid recycling bin. Just make sure they are empty, clean and dry.
Your plastic recycling journey
How is it recycled?
Once your plastic container packaging has been separated from other recycling at the materials recycling facility in Stratford-Upon-Avon, it is sent to recycling factories to be made into new items. The plastic is then:
Sorted (by type of plastic)
Step 1: Shredded Step 2: Washed Step 3: Melted Step 4: Turned into pellets Step 5: Made into new products.
There are a wide range of products made from recycled plastic including:
Drinks bottles and food trays
Polyester fabric for clothing
Benches and chairs
Refuse sacks and carrier bags
Wheel arch liners and bumpers on cars
Reusable crates and pallets
Bins and food caddies.
We use a large amount of plastic packaging so it is vital that we recycle as much as possible. By recycling your plastic container packaging you will be:
Conserving non-renewable fossil fuels (plastic is made from oil)
Reducing the consumption of energy used in the production of new plastic
Reducing the amount of waste going to landfill
Reducing emission of gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Different types of plastics and the problems
There are many different types of plastics which can make it confusing to know which ones can go in your blue lid recycling bin, as not all can be accepted.
Plastic items may often display a number in a triangle indicating which type of plastic is it but this isn’t always the case.