A large proportion of plastic packaging is not currently recycled by kerbside recycling schemes. However, some of this plastic that is generally thrown away can be recycled fairly easily. This project is looking into collection of some of these other plastics.

To start off we propose to collect plastic marked as “recycle with bags at larger stores”. This type is LDPE (low-density polyethylene) and marked on packaging with the triangle recycle symbol and the number 4. The idea is that once we have collected a full carrier bag of clean LDPE waste, a volunteer will take it to a large supermarket collection point.

Our main proposal is to look into recycling plastics that are marked as “not at kerbside” and where a scheme exists but requires effort (e.g. Terracycle). We are investigating collaborating with other local collection sites to start with.

We will keep you updated on the status of the project here.

If you have any questions or suggestions, you can leave a comment below or use the contact page on the website and quote “plastic recycling project” in the form. Many thanks.

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