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What is the best way to recycle plastics

Ever wondered whether you actually know the best way to recycle plastics? Here are some tips specifically for recycling rigid plastics in the UK:

  1. Check your local council’s recycling guidelines. Different councils may have different rules for recycling. It is therefore important to check your local council’s website or contact them directly. From here you can find out which types of plastic can be recycled and how they should be prepared.
  2. Separate your plastics by type. Rigid plastics can be made from a variety of materials, including PET, HDPE, and PVC. Sorting your plastic by type can make it easier for recycling facilities to process and recycle it.
  3. Clean the plastic: Remove any labels or stickers and rinse the plastic to remove any food residue or contaminants. This can help ensure that the plastic can be recycled efficiently.
  4. Reduce the size of the plastic: Large pieces of rigid plastic can take up a lot of space in recycling trucks and facilities. Consider breaking down the plastic into smaller pieces to make it easier to handle and transport.
  5. Find a local recycling center or collection program: Look for a recycling center or collection program in your area that accepts rigid plastics. Some centers may accept drop-offs, while others may offer curbside pickup.
  6. Consider repurposing or upcycling: If you can’t find a recycling program for your specific type of rigid plastic, consider repurposing or upcycling it into something else. For example, you could use plastic containers as storage bins or planters.

Recycle Plastics

Remember that recycling is just one part of the solution to reducing plastic waste. Reducing your use of single-use plastics and choosing products with minimal packaging can also have a significant impact on reducing plastic waste in the UK.

For further information on how best to recycle plastics please do get in touch.

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