Polythene Recycling For UK Businesses

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Polythene Recycling Service Nationwide

If you are looking for polythene recycling, then you have come to the right place. At Plastic Expert, we recycle hundreds of tonnes of polythene every year, helping organisations reduce their environmental impact.

What Is Polyethylene?

Polythene is a petrochemical-based product. It is made from the crude oil that oil companies extract from underground. At Plastic Expert, we provide waste management services for polythene to businesses across the UK. This means your polythene waste can be collected and recycled at licensed recycling centres.

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Is Polythene Recyclable?

Polythene can be recycled into a variety of products such as plastic lumber, garden furniture, and fencing. However, the recycling rate of polyethylene is relatively low compared to other types of plastics. To solve this issue, we collect and recycle both high density polyethylene (HDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE) for businesses.

How Is Polythene Waste Recycled?

Plastic recycling first emerged towards the end of the 1960s. With growth in the use of plastic products in practically every area of life, researchers quickly got to work looking for ways to recycle and reuse plastic at a low cost. Here’s how we recycle your polythene waste:
Step One – Sort the Plastic: The first step is to sort the plastic according to type. Different types of plastic have different resin contents – something that you can see for yourself if you look at the symbols on the bottom of plastic containers. Recycling facilities also like to sort plastic by their colour because the dye in plastic can affect the appearance and qualities of the final recycled plastic products. 
Step Two – Shred the Plastic: The next step is to shred the polythene and polyethylene recycling into small chunks. The reason for doing this is twofold: to standardise the plastic and remove any debris, and chopping allows us to remove paper labels, dirt, and other small contaminants.
Step Three – Clean the Plastic: The next step is to clean the plastic. Contaminants can harm the properties of the recycled material.
Step Four –  Melt and Compress The Plastic: After cleaning the pieces of plastic, the polythene goes into a type of oven that melts it. We melt the plastic so that we can turn it into uniform pellets that can sell as raw inputs to plastic manufacturers. A pelleting machine then takes the melted plastic and forms it into small, uniform plastic pieces. Once the process is complete, manufacturers can buy the pellets and use them to make other products.

LDPE Recycling And HDPE Recycling

Polythene comes in two distinct varieties: LDPE and HDPE. LDPE stands for “low-density polyethylene.” LDPE is cherished all over the world for its remarkable properties, such as its strength-to-weight ratio, sealing abilities, water-resistance, and ease of processing. Manufacturers use it to make all kinds of everyday objects, from freezable bottles to flexible container lids. LDPE recycling uses a standardized process to transform these objects into a generic material that manufacturers can then use to create new everyday items.
HDPE stands for “high-density polyethylene.” The properties of HDPE are different from LDPE. HDPE is durable, sturdy, and has a much higher stiffness. You find HDPE plastic in plastic packaging, waste carrier bags, shrink wrap, containers, and piping. It is one of the most popular plastic products on the market. Our HDPE recycling service allows your business to transform your waste into new plastic products.

How Our Polythene Recycling Service Works

Contact our team at Plastic Expert providing your quantity of polythene, location, photos & how the material are stored.
We’ll then prepare your collection agreement and email this to you. Simply sign and return and we’ll book transport.
Collections will be made on a day to suit your business. Let us know in advance of any loading requirements.
Full waste transfer documentation will be provided on collection. Your waste will then be fully recycled at a licenced facility.

The Importance of Recycling Polythene

There are all kinds of reasons why businesses should recycle their polythene plastic waste and here are just a few examples.
Reduce the Use of Energy
Extracting new oil from the ground and making it into plastic is a highly energy-intensive process. Not only do you need lots of energy to power the extraction process itself, but you also have to put a lot of energy into making the polymers that give plastic its unique properties. Creating plastic from scratch, therefore, emits more CO2.
Estimates suggest that businesses that recycle their plastic cut energy usage by around 88% – By recycling your plastic, you help to reduce both your direct and indirect fossil fuel consumption.
Reduce Plastic Incineration
When plastics are incinerated, they release various pollutants into the atmosphere, including dioxins and furans. These pollutants are hazardous. The burning of plastics also releases carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which contribute to global warming and climate change.

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Polyethylene Recycling Collection

At Plastic Expert, we make polythene recycling easy. Our efficient recycling collections mean you can get your polythene collected from your premises without having to travel to a disposal centre.
Our team recycles a wide range of polyethylene products including polythene containers, sheeting, pipes and car parts, allowing you to recycle bulk loads of waste easily.
Please note, we do not provide services for household waste such as recycling plastic bags and bottles. Please use the correct recycling bins provided for your local authority bin collection service. We can, however, provide recycling services for businesses with these items in large bulk.

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