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?
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 based in Swinton. They separate them out into the different plastic types which undergo different processes either by their selves or a third party and are manufactured into different products which are listed below.
- Natural HDPE Bottles (milk jugs) are sent to Biffa in Redcar who process them into food grade pellets and made back into milk jugs.
- Natural PET Bottles (Coca Cola) these are reprocessed by Roydon in Pontllanfraith, South Wales. They are cut into flakes and then hot washed, they are then supplied to sheet manufacturers who make them into new trays for food packaging.
- Jazz PET Bottles (Fruit shoot) these are reprocessed by Roydon in Pontllanfraith, South Wales. These are cleaned and hot washed, then melted down and made into new parts for printers. Some of the material is sent to a plastics facility in Poland that manufacturers PET plastic strapping.
- Jazz HDPE Bottles (cleaning products) – These are sent to Polypipe Civils in Horncastle who shreds, washes them and then processes them into plastics pipes for drainage.
- PP Pots and Trays – These are sent to Aufderhaar, based in Vroomshoop, the Netherlands where they are shredded, washed and then melted into a pellet for production of new plant pots and trays.
- Mixed Trays – These are sent to Waste 2 Resource in Newport, Shropshire which operate a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) facility where the material is resorted to recover any value then shredded and wrapped and sent to Europe under TFS (Transfrontier Shipment of Waste) regulations for Energy from Waste Recovery operations or cement kilns to be used instead of fossil fuels.
- 2d Fraction Paper/Film – This is also sent to Waste2resource and undergoes the same process as above.
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 16 July, 2019 @ 13:24