plastic bottles

Welcome to the waste directory - plastic bottles

What can be recycled?

Plastic bottles should ideally be rinsed. You don't need to remove any labels.

What is included?



  • Transparent plastic milk containers
  • Margarine tubs
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Plastic type 1 (PET)
  • Plastic type 2 (HDPE)
  • Plastic type 3 (PVC)
  • Plastic type 5 (PP)

Waste hierarchy

What happens to this waste stream?

0% reused
0% recycled
92% recovered
0% incinerated
8% landfilled

Dry mixed recycling stream

Where do I put plastic bottles?

  • Hard plastics should be placed in the green-topped dry mixed recycling bin.
  • Notify the Waste & Recycling Officer of how much you have to collect.

Who empties the bin?

  • The cleaning team will empty the bins on a regular basis.
  • Sacks are colour coded (green) and will generally be transported to a compounded area via a trolley.
  • Sacks are tipped into a the appropriate Eurocart (usually located in a locked compound).

What happens then?

  • Dry mixed recycling is sent to a Materials Recovery Facility where all of the materials are segregated.
  • Technology at the facility sorts each plastic by type and colour for recycling.

How green is this waste stream?

  • Bins and carts are re-used.
  • Everything that you recycle is put to good use. By recycling we reduce our need for raw materials, reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and reduce our carbon footprint. You are helping to protect and improve the environment.