Why Recycle Plastic?

275,000 tonnes of plastic are used each year in the UK, that’s about 15 million bottles per day.
Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.
The use of plastic in Western Europe is growing about 4% each year.
More energy is saved by recycling plastics than is gained by burning them.

RTS Waste collect plastics in a co-mingled mixed recycle collection, along with card, cans, paper and glass. We then use their Material Recovery Facility to separate and recover the plastic for recycling.

Six Grades of Plastic

plastic1petSoft drink bottles  Polyester Fibres Thermoformed sheet
plastic2hdpeBottles  Grocery bags  Agricultural pipe Base cups Playground equipment
plastic3pvcPipe Fencing  Non food bottles
plastic4lpdePlastic Bags   Dispensing bottles Wash bottles Various tubing Moulded lab equipment
plastic5ppAuto parts  Industrial Fibres
plastic6psExpanded polystyrene products Desk Accessories Cafeteria Trays Toys  DVD Cases
plastic7otherConstruction/Traffic Bollards  Pipes  Garden Furniture

How Plastics are recycled

The majority of plastic received is categorised into PET, LDPE and HDPE before being baled and then shipped for the next process of recycling. To make a single stream plastic collection viable you would need to be producing significant volumes of plastic for recycling. Our Technical Sales Team would require a sample of this plastic to identify the optimum outlet for the plastic to be recycled. Call our Technical Sales Team for further information: 0207 232 1711.

Offsite the last stage of the plastic recycling is a heat based process. The plastic is melted down and either reformed into new product or compounded with additives and colourants and pelletised into high quality raw materials that can be used to manufacture new products.

New products made from recycled plastic include:

  • New sustainable construction materials
  • Plastic decking
  • Plastic façade panels,
  • Plastic sheet piling
  • Occasional plastic bridges.

As Plastics can take up to 400 years to break down in a landfill it is critically important for all businesses to understand the importance of recycling and protecting our environment

Call on RTS Waste Management for professional advice.  020 7232 1711