The process of plastic recycling in the UK

by | May 6, 2017 | Environmental, Recycling, Where does waste go

The process of plastic recycling in the UK

by | May 6, 2017 | Environmental, Recycling, Where does waste go

So, what happens to plastic once you have dropped it into your recycle bin?

It all starts with you and me collecting our plastic waste for recycling. Then, all our plastic goes through the plastic recycling process in the UK. Follow the steps below to find out where your plastic waste goes:

The process of plastic recycling in the UK

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Step 1 | SORTING PLASTIC WASTE

Plastics are predominantly sorted automatically alongside a manual sort. This is to make sure all foreign materials are removed.

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Step 2 | SORTED BY COLOUR

Once the plastic has been sorted all the items are thoroughly cleaned. Then they are sorted by the type of plastic they are made from.

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Step 3 | RECYCLING COLOURED PLASTIC

Now the plastics are all cleaned and separated into their various types, the sorting process continues and the plastic is arranged by colour: blue, natural, green and mixed.

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Step 4 | MELTING OR SHREDDING

There are two things that can happen next. 1. The plastic can be melted down directly and molded into a new shape.  2. The plastic can be shredded into flakes before it is washed and melted for processing into granulates.

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Step 5 | MAKING PLASTIC PELLETS

Once in granulate form the plastic is reformed into pellets. These plastic pellets can be used to make all kinds of day to day products. For example: Clothing like fleeces or football shirts, plastic toys, chairs and tables, plastic bottles, bin liners and carrier bags, flooring and window frames, plastic cases for items like CD’s, fences, duvets and other office accessories.

At The Waste Company we believe in all things green! Join us and put your plastic through the recycling process. You will be making a long-term difference to our environment:

 

  • Help conserve non-renewable fossil fuels like coal
  • Help reduce the consumption on energy in the UK
  • Help lessen the solid waste ending up in UK landfills
  • Help lower the emission of gasses going into the atmosphere – like carbon dioxide

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