Plastics and how to recycle

Types of plastic

There’s lots of confusion over the different types of plastics in use! We came across this handy list provided by WRAP, illustrating the most common types of plastics used, their applications and the symbols used to identify them.

Another guide we came across is provided by Rydale District Council.

Alternatives to plastics

Of course we’ll never be entirely plastic free, but it’s now possible to find many items made from different types of materials, ranging from plant (e.g. corn) starch, milk proteins, hemp and even chicken feathers! This article gives a brief overview of some of the more commonly used alternatives for plastic packaging.

We’ll add more information on alternatives to plastics shortly.

Recycling plastics

RecycleNow provides lots of information on all the different types of plastic bottles as well as tips on to recycle them. For instance, did you know that we should leave the lids and tops on?  Here’s a few more:

  • Squash bottles to save space.
  • Empty and rinse bottles. Left over foods or liquids can contaminate other recyclables and if bottles contain liquid they may not be recycled as deemed too heavy by the automated sorting process. Liquid can also damage the machinery.
  • Leave on labels – these will be removed in the process.
  • Triggers can be left on when recycling cleaning product bottles such as bathroom cleaners.
  • But soap bottles pumps need to be removed and disposed of in the rubbish bin.

There’s also a section dedicated to recycling plastic film and carrier bags. The Deal branch of Sainsbury’s has two containers just inside the entrance area which takes the items listed.

Keep an eye on the Recycling and Waste information provided by Dover District Council.

Further info coming soon.

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