Where do the plastic bottles go?
The plastic bottles which are brought to the recycling centre are shipped to a recycling plant in England.
They are cut into small pieces and then melted down to create recycled plastic.
What are the plastic bottles recycled into?
There is a wide range of products made from recycled plastic, including:
- PVC flooring and window frames
- building insulation board
- compact disc cassette cases
- garden furniture
- fleece clothing
- fibre filling for sleeping bags and duvets
- a variety of office accessories
Can pots, tubs and trays be recycled?
No, only plastic bottles should be put into the plastic bottle recycling banks.
At the moment, we only export plastic bottles for recycling as they are made from a high grade of plastic.
Low-grade mixed plastics are often sent to China and we do not think this is a viable solution for Jersey.
Why should bottle tops be removed?
The bottle tops may be made from a different grade of plastic than the bottle itself so may not be the grade we are collecting for recycling.
The tops can also be a safety risk as pressure can build up in the bottles after than are compressed into bales, causing the tops to shoot off. For these reasons, we ask for all bottle tops to be removed.