What Plastic Scrap Can Be Recycled?

Here at Bright Green Plastics, our goal is to repurpose plastic for the greater good!

Over the last decade, the discussion around plastics has largely been around the negative impact upon the environment.

With record amounts of plastic pollution in the UK and across the globe it is vital that we recycle more plastic to reduce the negative effects upon the planet’s ecosystem and wildlife.

The Bright Green Plastics team are passionate about reducing plastic waste and the best way to do this is to re-use and re-purpose our existing plastics. Sadly, not enough plastic is being recycled year-on-year and we are on a mission to change this, bringing huge benefits to businesses, consumers, and the environment.

Recycling facts: Why recycle plastic?

  • An estimated 13 billion plastic bottles are disposed of every year
  • Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W light bulb for 6 hours
  • It takes 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle from recycled plastic compared to using ‘virgin’ materials
  • Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonnes of carbon

(Source: https://www.recycle-more.co.uk/household/recycling-facts)


What plastics can be recycled?

With a clear need to invest more in the recycling of plastics, we have rounded up the top five plastics that can be repurposed, re-used, and recycled. If you have a question about recycling a plastic that is not on this list, please get in touch and one of the team will be happy to help.

The main materials we handle for recycling are Polypropylene (PP) and High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).

Polypropylene (PPE) – PPE has a high melting point and can be found across a range of products including take-away tubs, condiment bottles, plastic plates, and cutlery.  Polypropylene can be recycled into brooms, brushes, plastic trays and more.

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) – HDPE is a rigid plastic that you will find used for bottles, such as those containing bleach, shampoo and household detergents. HDPE is readily recycled and can be repurposed as non-food bottles, pipes, floor tiles, sheet and film plastic and more.

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) – Nearly all plastic drinks bottles are manufactured using PET as it is a highly recyclable material. PET can be recycled into automotive parts, plastic sheet and film, industrial strapping, fabric, carpet fibre and even athletics shoes.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) – PVC can be either rigid or flexible and its state impacts upon its recycling potential. Rigid PVC can be recycled and turned into window frames and bank cards, whereas the flexible version can be reused as faux leather, or even insulation for electrical wiring.

Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) – LDPE is used to make plastic bags, and as you’ll likely know, these can’t be recycled roadside, but they can be returned to stores to be reused. When recycled, it can be repurposed into rubbish bags, rubbish and compost bins, furniture and more.

How much plastic is recycled within the UK?

In 2014, Britain produced 4.9 million tonnes of plastic waste. Two thirds of that waste was packaging and only 1.2 million tonnes of it was recycled, according to a 2018 study from the Wildlife Report

Bright Green Plastics are helping…

By recovering and reprocessing plastic waste, we are helping to make plastic production more efficient and environmentally friendly. In our opinion, the best way to help fight plastic pollution is to make better use of our plastics!

We work with a wide range of industries including Automotive, Construction, Packaging and Horticulture developing innovative applications for recycled plastic.

If you’d like to find out more about how Bright Green Plastics could help you make better use of plastics recycling, get in touch with the team today.