Plastic recycling recovers scrap or waste plastics and reprocess the material into useful products, often completely different from their original state. For example, this could mean melting down polyester soft drink bottles then making model army figures and ammo.
Plastic Identification Codes
To help the process of recycling plastics were classified into 7 different groups of polymers, each with specific properties. Each group of plastic polymer is identified by its Plastic Identification Code (PIC) - normally a number between 1 and 7. The code is then used to helping identifying whether the plastic can be recycled into new products or not.
Benefits of Plastic Recycling
Here are some benefits of recycling plastic:
- For every 7 lorries it takes to deliver paper bags, it only take 1 lorry to deliver plastic bags;
- Recycled plastic can be made into plastic lumber, which is more durable;
- Recycled fizzy drink bottles can be reused to make filling for pillows and jackets;
- Can be used to make toys, park benches, car parts, drainage pipes and more;
- The plastic recycling business creates lots of jobs around the UK.
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions;
Suppliers and manufacturers of biodegradable packaging:
Research and resources
Find out more, read articles and find the best suppliers of green packaging at:
PlasticBags.uk.com: Free packaging directory where businesses can add their bags, film and biodegradable product listings for free. Browse websites about environmentally friendly packaging and biodegradable bags.
Goldstork: a private directory of interesting, unusual and off-beat websites. Visit Goldstork environmentally friendly biodegradable bags vault.
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Recycling in the UK
In 1998, a pilot feedstock recycling plant went operational at BP's Grangemouth site in Scotland, with a capacity to process 400 tonnes of mixed plastic waste year. A feasibility study into its viability concluded that a 25,000 tonnes per annum plant could be supported from the area's municipal waste sources alone.
Majority of plastic recovered in the UK is destined for export
In the UK, production of both plastic products and recycled plastics has increased in recent years. Currently, the majority of plastic recovered in the UK is destined for export mainly to China.