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 collected by Clearpoint Recycling. They use licensed European carriers to transport the plastic to their customer; Umweltdienste Kedenburg in Beckum, Germany. Here the plastic is separated into the different plastic types, ready to be manufactured into different products which are listed below.
- Natural HDPE bottles (milk jugs) and jazz HDPE bottles (cleaning products) are sent to QCP (Quality Circular Polymers) in Geleen, The Netherlands who process the plastic into hot washed flake. The flake is then used to manufacture products such as new milk bottles, drainage pipes, containers and recycling bins.
- Natural PET bottles (coca cola) and Jazz PET bottles (fruit shoot) are sent to Wellman Recycling in Spijk, The Netherlands. Here PET plastics are processed into high spec, hot washed flake ready for manufacturing into products such as plastic bottles, performance apparel, food packaging, yarn and pallets.
- PP pots and trays and mixed trays are sent to a company called Eing Kunststoffverwertung in Germany where it is processed into high spec, hot washed flake. The flake is then used to manufacture products such as automotive components and reusable containers of various types and textiles.
- 2nd Fraction paper/card - Residual materials that are not suitable for processing are recovered as energy from waste (EFW) to power local cement factories.
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: Thu 26 September, 2019 @ 14:08