Mixed Rigid Plastic Recycling

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Mixed Rigid Plastic Recycling For Businesses

At Plastic Expert we recycle mixed rigid plastic bales, including HDPE and PP. Examples of this waste include construction pipes, wheelie bins (wheels removed), boxes, crates, buckets, and garden furniture.
These mixed plastics can be collected from your premises and transported to recycling facilities. Here, the rigid plastic waste will go through a technical sorting and segregation process to be recycled into new materials.

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How Do You Make
A Mixed Rigid Plastic Bale?

To make a bale of mixed rigid plastics, you will need a mill size waste baler to ensure the correct bale weights. We provide plastic balers for sale and hire, to help businesses mix rigid plastics in larger volumes.
You will also need to consider the following when baling mixed plastic waste:

The cleanliness or amount of contamination of the plastic. It’s important the material is free from excessive dirt, mud and other vegetation. In addition, ensure that there is no oil, paint or other hazardous liquids running from canisters.

Generally speaking, the pieces of recycled plastic should be at least 30 cm squared. Separation processes are extremely difficult if smaller pieces are put into a bale.

Mill size bales should weigh 300-450 kg, and they must be wire tied and secure for loading and unloading into a container or curtain sider vehicle. Non mill size bales will have a lower rebate value due to their lower weight.

The percentage of HDPE and PP as these attract higher values. HDPE & PP plastic is the polymer type which is in most demand worldwide. It’s made from oil and can be recycled many times over, therefore values are usually higher than other plastic types which allows the maximum rebate payable to our suppliers.

Polymer prices follow world market trends such as oil prices, supply and demand, virgin polymer prices, and manufacturing requirements. Good quality material will sell in almost any market conditions, when the market is down the lower grade materials are the first to become ‘unsellable’.

Which plastics cannot be put in rigid plastic bales?

There are various types of plastic that you should not include in your mixed rigid plastic bales. These include:
Soft plastic film (like plastic bags)
PVC pipes and window frames
PET plastic bottles
Containers with residue like glue or paint
Mastic tubes
Small broken pieces
Other waste, like metal or wood.

What Happens To The Recycled Plastic?

The waste plastic will be mechanically separated, cleaned and shredded into small pieces. Once the shredding process has been completed, the waste plastic material is then granulated. These granules are then melted and passed through an extruder, where they’re transformed into a consistent shape, often pellets, suitable for remanufacturing.
Manufacturers can then use these pellets to create various products that are reintroduced back into the market. For example, recycled HDPE pellets can be used to create plastic lumber and drainage pipes, whilst polypropylene (PP) can be recycled into automotive parts or containers.  
Recycling your waste will help to save raw materials in the production of plastic. This means virgin resources are safe whilst energy is saved during the process. Businesses can also divert their waste from incineration, where harmful toxins are emitted.

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Book Your Mixed Plastic Collection

You can book a collection for your mixed rigid plastic bales today by contacting our team. Simply use the contact form above and provide us with at least 6 clear photos of the material. Once our team has received the photos, we can provide pricing and arrange a collection at a time that suits your business. By using our recycling services, you can earn great rebates whilst minimising your impact on the environment.

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