Recycle your plastics using your red box
You can recycle plastic bottles and hard plastic household packaging - such as clean yoghurt pots, punnet trays, bleach and shampoo bottles - using our kerbside collection service in the red boxes
Where does it go?
We take plastic bottles and other plastics to our facility at Linden Way in Coalville - where it's compressed into bales and it is collected by Roydon who take it to their plastics recycling facility in Swinton, near Manchester.
They sort the plastics by type of plastic (polymer)and colour. The sorted material is then processed and sent to other recycling companies in the UK and a small amount is sent to Germany for recycling.
The main grades processed through the plant are HDPE (milk bottles), PET (pop bottles), PP and PS (food trays, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, etc).
Keep it clean!
You can really help by cleaning your plastics before putting them in the red box.
Food contamination on things like yoghurt pots and rigid food containers means the plastic isn't of a high enough quality for us to get the best prices, from this income we invest back into the services provided by the council.
Plastic carrier bags are not accepted for recycling. Recycling facilities are now available in some district supermarkets for the many carrier bags. Most supermarkets that do home deliveries will also take away your carrier bags.
Large plastic containers over 5 litres
Unfortunately we are not able to accept large plastic containers over 5 litres in the red box. This is due to the way we process plastics, tins and cans into three separate material streams using magnets and conveyor belts. We separate them as when we sell the recycling it is worth more money. Large bulky plastic items cause blockages, as they are too large to go through the sorting process. This causes the separation machinery to automatically shut down, so the blockage can be cleared, but this loses valuable time. Below explains how the separation process works.
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Last updated: Tue 11 June, 2019 @ 10:22