Can You Recycle Plastic Type 2?

Yes Plastic Type 2 can be recycled. It is used in a whole host of applications for both domestic and  industrial purposes. Widely collected and recycled in the UK. High Density Polythene is in fact one of the most commonly recycled plastic types in the UK and the rest of the world. This is due largely to its use in milk bottle and detergent bottles.

What Is Plastic Type 2?

Type 2 - HDPE Recycling

High Density Polyethylene

Common Abbreviations: HDPE, PE-HD

Common Uses: Milk bottles, detergent bottles, 5p carrier bags, Utility Pipes, Wheeled Bins, Kids Toys

HDPE  is best known as the opaque or white plastic used for making plastic mlk bottles that we find in all the supermarkets. HDPE also has good chemical resistance and so is widely used for detergent and chemical bottles.

Not only is HDPE one of the most versatile plastics – used in everything from hard hats to water pipes to carrier bags – it’s also widely recycled.

HDPE made by linking ethylene monomer molecules (thus “poly” ethylene).

Why Do We Use HDPE?

  • It’s lightweight yet super-strong. 
  • It’s impact resistant. Perfect for the battering given to Wheelie Bins which are made from HDPE.
  • It’s long lasting and weather resistant, so that plastic lumber decking can last for years.
  • It resists mould, mildew, rotting, and insects, so it’s great for underground pipes used to deliver clean fresh water.
  • It easily moulded into nearly any shape, providing one of the primary benefits of most plastics: malleability.

High Density Polyethylene often replaces heavier materials, to help pursue sustainability goals. Reducing the amount of material used in packaging and products. 

Do You Collect HDPE for Recycling?

Yes we collect plastic type 2 for recycling but we do not collect from private households. We collect only from Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) and other such industrial locations with quantities over 5 tonnes available.

If you are enquiring from an MRF or industrial location with industrial quantities of plastic type 1 available for collection, then we want to hear from you. 

Please complete our quotation form below and one of the team will be in touch with you shortly.

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