Uses for recycled plastic

Recycled plastic can be used in almost as many applications and products as prime plastic - for example packaging, construction and automotive products.

Packaging

Recycled PET and HDPE is increasingly used in primary packaging by retailers and branded manufacturers for bottles and trays.

Household names such as Coca Cola, M&S, Boots, The Body Shop, Innocent Drinks and Halfords all currently use recycled plastic in selected product lines.

Use of recycled plastic helps demonstrate a commitment to sustainable resource use.

Construction

Recycled plastic is widely used in mainstream construction products such as damp proof membrane, drainage pipes, ducting and flooring.

It is also used in innovative products such as scaffolding boards or kerbstones, where its durability and weight has significant Health & Safety benefits.

Landscaping

Walkways, jetties, pontoons, bridges, fences and signs are increasingly being made from recycled plastic.

Durability, low maintenance, vandal resistance, and its resistance to rot are all key reasons for plastic being used.

Textile fibre / clothing

Polyester fleece clothing and polyester filling for duvets, coats etc is frequently made from recycled PET bottles (e. g. soft drink and water bottles).

Polyester fibre is the largest single market for recycled PET bottles worldwide.

Street furniture

Street furniture, seating, bins, street signs and planters are frequently made from plastic. They are cost competitive and resistant to vandalism.

Local authorities and schools are able to demonstrate recycling in action by specifying recycled products.

Bin liners/ refuse sacks

Plastic film from sources such as pallet wrap, carrier bags, and agricultural film are made into new film products such as bin liners, carrier bags and refuse sacks on a large scale.

Other uses...

Traffic management products, automotive products, stationary, industrial strapping, and many more.