Can You Recycle Plastic Type 1?

Yes Plastic Type 1 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. PET 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 for single use plastic beverage bottles.

What Is Plastic Type 1?

Type 1 - PET Recycling

Polyethylene Terepthalate

Common Abbreviations: PET, PETE, APET

Common Uses: Drinks bottle, blister packaging, strapping, carpet fibre.

Polyethylene Terephthalate  is best known as the clear (and sometimes coloured) plastic used for making water and pop bottles.

PET is a petroleum-based product that is globally recognised as a safe, lightweight, and flexible material that is also 100% recyclable.

In fact, Plastic Type 1 is the most widely recycled plastic in the world – and the recycling rates are continuing to increase!

If you’re not sure which plastic materials are made from PET, all you have to do is take a look at the resin identification code at the bottom of your packaging items container. If it’s made of PET, it will have a symbol featuring the number “1” and/or one of the Polyethylene Terepthalate abbreviations above.

Do You Collect Plastic Type 1 for Recycling?

Yes we collect plastic type 1 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 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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