Recycle for Hampshire

How plastic bottles are recycled

  • Step 1 - MRF

    Step 1

    Empty plastic bottles are collected with your recycling and taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where they are separated from your other recyclable materials.

     

  • Step 2 - plastic bottles squashed and baled

    Step 2

    The bottles are squashed, baled and sent to UK reprocessors.

     

  • Step 3 - plastic flakes sorted

    Step 3

    The bottles are dry cleaned and sorted using an optical beam which separates the different types of plastic.

     

  • Step 4 - plastic formed into beads

    Step 4

    The bottles are then ground into flakes which are washed and sorted again.  Depending on the kind of plastic, the flakes are either decontaminated using a chemical solution or melted down and sieved to form beads as the plastic cools.

     

  • Step 5 - new bottles

    Step 5

    These beads and flakes can be melted down again and turned into new products. This can include packaging, drainage pipes, garden furniture or simply new plastic bottles!

     

 

Recycling Facts

  • Recycling just 1 plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a lightbulb for 6 hours!