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Recycled Plastic Processing

There are a number of ways recycled plastic can be made. Plastics can be:

Reused

Certain plastics can be reused, for example:

  • Plastic Drinks Bottles
  • Carrier Bags
  • Takeaway Containers

Collected

92% of all UK local authorities now offer collection facilities for plastic bottles either from your kerbside collection scheme or at recycling centres. 

What about other plastics?

WRAP has recently completed a study that has demonstated mixed plastics packaging (trays, tubs, pots, films etc) can be mechanically recycled and that it is both economically and environmentally effective to do so.  Further work is being conducted in this area and it it hoped that the UK will have comprehensive infrastructure for the collection, sorting and reprocessing of these valuable resources in the UK in the near future. 

The process

Mechanical recycling is the process of recycling plastics by:

  • sorting;
  • shredding;
  • washing;
  • melting;
  • pelletise.

It is a two-stage process:

  • Sorting is mainly done automatically with a manual polish; 
  • Plastic is either melted down directly and moulded into a new shape, or shredded into flakes then melted down before being processed into recycled plastic lumber