Can You Recycle Plastic Type 4?

Yes Plastic Type 4 can be recycled. It is used in a range of applications but mostly packaging. It is used as a waterproof and protective barrier when transporting goods. 

Widely collected and recycled in the UK. LDPE is a commodity polymers. In recycling circles (usualy for export) PE-LD is commonly graded according to how much clear plastic to coloured or other plastic is in  the bales.

98/2 = 98% Clear LDPE / 2% Coloured and Other

95 / 5= 95% clear LDPE / 5% Coloured and Other

The higher the percentage of clear – the higher the value.

What Is Plastic Type 4?

Type 1 - PET Recycling

Low Density Polyethylene

Common Abbreviations: LDPE, PE-LD

Common Uses: Bags for life (the plastic versions), tubing, shrink wrap.

LDPE’s lower density give it somewhat different properties to HDPE . Both share some similar uses, such as packaging. LDPE/HDPE differences typically cause them to be collected separately for recycling.

LDPE is resistant to impact (doesn’t break easily), moisture  (water proof), and chemicals (can stand up to many hazardous materials).

As well a carrier bags and squeezy bottles Lo Density Polyethylene has many industrial and agricultural uses, particularly as plastic film and packaging to protect all sorts of products.

Do You Collect Plastic Type 4 for Recycling?

Yes we collect plastic type 4 for recycling but we do not collect from private households. We collect only from Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) and other industrial locations with quantities over 5 tonnes available.

If you are enquiring from an MRF or industrial location with industrial quantities of plastic type 4 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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