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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

  • Did you know plastic bottles can be recycled into new clothes, such as football kits!
  • It only takes 25 plastic bottles to make a fleece!
  • Recycling just 1 plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a lightbulb for 6 hours!