The Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) recycles plastics labelled from 1-5 using the Plastics Identification Code, which can be found on all plastic containers and bottles. Not all plastics are recyclable in your yellow-topped bin kerbside collections.
The table below explains the type of plastic relating to each symbol.
|Symbol||Type of plastic||Properties||Uses|
|Clear, tough, solvent resistant plastic, often used as a fibre.||Soft drink bottles, detergent bottles.|
|High Density Polyethylene
|Very common plastic, usually white or coloured.||Milk and cream bottles, shampoo bottles, cleaning products.|
|Hard, rigid plastic may be clear.||Clear cordial and juice bottles.|
|Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)||Soft, flexible plastic – waxy surface.||Squeeze bottles|
|Polypropylene (PP)||Hard but still flexible plastic.||Ice cream containers and lids, plastic take away containers.|
|Polystyrene (PS)||Clear, glassy, rigid, brittle plastic.||Yoghurt and margarine containers|
|Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)||Foamed, light weight.||Drinking cups, meat trays, packing peanuts, foam boxes|
|EPS||Other||Includes all other plastics and soft plastics including acrylic and nylon.|