More and more goods are being packaged in plastic, from shampoo to milk. All plastic can be recycled, but for some of the types it is very expensive to do so. There are many different types of plastic and the best way for it to be recycled is for all the different types to be separated. This separation takes place using machinery followed by manual checks. Plastic is made from oil, which is a finite resource.
There are two main uses for plastic, either as a film for wrapping or as a rigid container for storage.
You can recycle most household plastic in Chesterfield. This includes:
- all bottles – fizzy drinks, squash and water bottles, milk bottles, detergent bottles
- rigid containers – margarine tubs, yoghurt pots, fruit and meat trays, plant pots
- plastic bags – carrier bags, fruit bags, etc.
Please rinse containers to remove food residue.
What happens to the plastic collected in Chesterfield?
The plastic is sorted at Four Ashes in Wolverhampton. From there the different types take different routes. Plastic bottles to Closed Loop Recycling mixed plastic is sold on an open market – some of it may go overseas to be made into more plastic items. Any remainder unsuitable for recycling will be burned to generate energy.
Different products likely to be made from recycled plastic include:
- more plastic bottles
- garden and street furniture
- road signs
- bollards and fleeces
In 2011/12, 262 tonnes of plastic were collected for recycling in Chesterfield.