Can You Recycle Plastic Type 6?

Yes Plastic Type 6 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 but not usually collected domestically. 

What Is Plastic Type 1?

Type 6 - PS Recycling


Common Abbreviations: PS, GPPS, HIPS, EPS

Common Uses: CD cases, yoghurt pots, the outer part of Bic pens, razor handles, seed trays. In its expanded form (EPS) it is used for insulation board, packaging and takeaway cups (ie. styrofoam).

Polystyrene is a versatile plastic used to make a wide variety of consumer products.

PS has two main solid forms. General Purpose Polystyrene (GPPS) is naturally clear, rigid but can be quite brittle. Used for CD cases (both the black and clear parts). Laboratory ware. Plastic cutlery etc.

High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) is polymerised with rubber to give it more impact resistance. It naturally opaque in colour and so usually combined colourants, and used to make home appliances (ie. fridges), electronics, toys, sedt trays, yoghurt pots and more.

Polystyrene also is made into a foam material, called expanded polystyrene (EPS) 

Foam polystyrene can be more than 95 percent air and is widely used to make home and appliance insulation, lightweight protective packaging, surfboards, and food packaging.

Many manufacturers are moving away from EPS as a packaging material however. This is due to collection problems for recycling. Because it is so light it is un-economical to collect and transport.

Do You Collect Plastic Type 6 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 6 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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