The Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) recycles a range of hard plastics from kerbside recycling bins in the SMRC member councils.
The Plastics Identification Code can be found on all plastic containers and bottles. The code identifies what kind of plastic the item is made from, however not all plastics are recyclable through your yellow-topped bin kerbside collections.
To check whether an item should go into your recycling bin, refer to the Resource Recovery A-Z.
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.||Water and 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.||Bread bags, produce bags, bin liners, 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.|