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Recycling: plastic bottles


Types of plastic bottles you can recycle

Yes please

  • ​detergent and soap bottles
  • cleaning products bottles
  • skin care plastic bottles
  • shampoo and shower gel bottles
  • single use drinks bottles
  • bottle tops

No thanks

  • ​lids
  • bottle pumps
  • plastic pots
  • plastic tubs
  • plastic trays

How you can recycle plastic bottles

Make sure bottles are empty before you recycle them.

You can leave tops on plastic bottles. Squash your bottles and put the lid back on before recycling them.  If you cannot squash them then dispose of your bottles and tops separately to avoid bottles popping in the collection and recycling process.

You can recycle plastic bottles at various recycling centres. Some parishes also provide plastic kerbside recycling.

Where you can dispose of plastic bottles

How you can reuse plastic bottles

​Avoid single use bottles by using your own refillable bottle.

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Plastic bottles are shipped to a UK recycling plant where they are cut into small pieces and melted down to create recycled plastic.

There is a wide range of products made from recycled plastic:

  • PVC flooring and window frames
  • building insulation board
  • garden furniture 
  • fleece clothing 
  • fibre filling for sleeping bags and duvets 
  • a variety of office accessories

Plastic pots, tubs and trays cannot be recyled because they are made of low-grade mixed plastics. We would need to send these to China to be recycled and we do not think this is a viable solution for Jersey.

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