Recycling lastics


Once your plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays have been recycled they could become a picnic bench, football shirt or children’s toy.

How are plastics recycled?

After being collected from your recycling bin, your plastics are transported to a sorting facility, where they are separated from other recyclable materials like paper, cardboard, tins, cans and glass.

The plastics are then taken to a reprocessing facility where they are cleaned and sorted by plastic type and colour. They are then either melted down directly and moulded into a new shape, or shredded into flakes first and then melted down before being processed into granulates, ready to be used again.

Not all things made from plastic can be recycled, even if they are made from the same type of plastic as recyclable items (shown by the recycling numbers on plastics). You can check if an item is recyclable where you live by using the search tool. Non recyclable plastics can contaminate recycling, so should be disposed of as rubbish.

Surrey Environment Partnership comprises Surrey County Council and the 11 district and borough councils in Surrey.

Copyright © 2020 Surrey Environment Partnership.
All Rights reserved

Site map
Privacy and cookies
Contact us
Accessibility statement

Download our free recycling app
Get it on Google Play
Download on the App Store

Follow and like us on your favourite social networks to keep up with all the latest at Surrey Environment Partnership.