Widely recyclable packaging – Are you recycling the right way?

When it comes to talking about eco-friendly packaging options, there are lots of terms that you have probably heard. One of the most common (and important to understand) is the term ‘widely recyclable.’ We say a product is ‘widely recyclable’ when the packaging is collected by 75% (or more) of local authorities across the UK. For example, plastic packaging like bottles, and cups.

Companies can say their products are recyclable if most people who buy the products can recycle them. However, that doesn’t guarantee you can recycle it in your area. Ask your city or council about local recycling options.

The process of recycling is to transform waste material such as plastic bottles and pp cups into new materials like rPET disposables (cutlery, plates, cups, salad containers, etc.). Recycling aims to achieve environmental sustainability by replacing raw material inputs and transferring the waste from the economic system.

Plastic recycling

During the past few years, in the packaging industry, we have seen an increase in the use of recycled materials. This is explained due to the awareness created by governments and other environmental campaigns in using recycling materials to reduce the use of single-use plastics (SUP). As a result, widely recyclable products have a second life when disposed of correctly.

Plastic is one of the most popular packaging products due to its durability, versatility, and low cost. However, as you might know already, plastic can be highly harmful to the environment when it’s not recycled correctly as the materials remain in the natural environment for years.

So, how can we dispose of widely recyclable packaging correctly? 

The recycling process might not be the simplest of operations as the process might change depending on the product’s material. So, for example, it wouldn’t be the same process when recycling a pp plastic bottle, and a pe lined paper cup.

When you start your recycling process, you need to make sure your plastic recycling is kept separate from your general waste in your recycling bin. Once the separation is complete, your recycling bin is collected by your local council. For more information about the collection, we advise contacting your local council.

Once your recycling is collected by the recycling services, all the plastic collected in the mixed recycling containers is taken to the local materials recovery facilities, where the plastic is separated from other items and sent for reprocessing. All the plastic bottles collected for recycling are sorted into different types and colours. The bottles are then cleaned and separated by type of plastic, ground into flakes or beads, then washed and sorted again. Plastic beads and flakes made from the pre-used bottles are melted down to make new products.

On the other hand, collected plastic cups, pots, containers, and trays are taken to the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), separated from other items, squashed, and sent for reprocessing. The clean plastics are separated by plastic type, ground into beads or flakes, and washed and sorted again. The plastic beads and flakes made are melted down to make new products.

Find below a list of some of the most common widely recyclable packaging products you can recycle at home:

-Plastic bottles: These are widely recyclable can be recycled at home or at your closest recycling centre.

-Plastic pots, containers, and trays: check locally! These packaging items are increasingly being accepted by household recycling programs, but many people have yet to collect them.

Please, contact your council to find more. Click here to find yours.

-Plastic films: They can be recycled at home or at your closest recycling centre.

-Paper containers and boxes: Paper packaging can be easily recycled at home. They are widely recycled but schemes do vary across the country. However, you must make sure if the containers contain a lining or not. If so, you must check what kind of lining it’s (PLA or PET) to recycle the product the correct way.

-Paper cups: the best way you can recycle paper cups is by disposing of them in paper cup bins. Find your closest centre here.

Do you have more doubts? Please, visit our ‘How to dispose of our packaging’ page to learn more.

How to recognise a ‘widely recyclable’ packaging product?

Now that you have a better understanding of the recycling process, you might be asking yourself how you can recognise when a product can de ‘widely recyclable’.

Although, if you’re unsure of any of our products and you’re are looking to purchase ‘widely recyclable’ and eco-friendly packaging, please get in touch with the CS team info@packagingenvironmental.co.uk to send us the product details of the packaging in question. 

And now one final question, why choose recyclable and eco-friendly packaging?

-Reduce your company’s carbon footprint

As a business owner, you have the means and an increasingly moral standpoint to act from by offering sustainable professional packaging, which many end users are beginning to expect more options for.

-It is not expensive

Many people think that being eco-responsible and use recyclable materials cost a fortune. But that’s just a myth! Recyclable packaging is cost-effective and one of the most versatile options you can find for your food and drinks packaging.

-Respect for the environment is increasingly in the minds of customers.

Customers are becoming more aware of the negative impact of single-use plastics (SUP) and other hazardous materials on the environment.

-Offer quality to your business

Our collection of eco-friendly packaging includes world-class products from the best manufacturers.

As a business owner, it is more important than ever to reduce your impact on the environment. No matter what industry you are in, recyclable packaging materials are versatile enough to suit virtually any application.

Do you have any more questions? If so, please get in touch at info@packagingenvironmental.co.uk we’ll be more than happy to assist you in your packaging needs!

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