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 (see the list further below) in the red boxes using the kerbside recycling collection service.
Where does it go?
All our plastics are recycled right here in the UK! Plastic from your red box is collected from our depot by Jayplas and transported to one of their facilities in South Normanton, Alfreton. Here it is sorted into different plastic types, which then undergo the processes listed below.
Jayplas send PET bottles (Coca Cola and Fruit Shoot) to their washplant in Corby. Here they are processed into plastic flakes and sheet, ready to be made into trays for food packaging.
HDPE bottles (milk jugs and cleaning bottles) are processed into plastic pellets at Jayplas’s washplant in Loughborough. The pellets are used to manufacture garden products and packaging in a range of industries.
PP pots, tubs and trays are also processed into plastic pellets in Loughborough. The pellets are used to manufacture non-food packaging and paint pots.
- 2d Fraction Paper/Film is sent to a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) facility in Staines Upon Thames. Here it is processed and then transported to energy from waste plants and cement kilns in the UK and Europe.
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: Wed 5 February, 2020 @ 12:01