plastic

Plastic

October 15, 2014 /

plastic

Plastic

All plastic bottles and containers can be dropped off to the Recycling Bay. Plastics must be sorted there into PET clear (coke, fanta, etc and juice bottles), PET coloured (sprite, L&P and water bottles), Fonterra Milk Bottles, Standard Milk bottles and all other (numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7). Check the number (contained within the recycling arrow, usually on the base or side of containers). Plastic is compressed into bales and sent to Reclaim and then on to national and international markets. Compacting a high volume of lightweight recyclables enables us to reduce the volume and therefore fit more bales into the truck. The more we fit into the truck, the less petrol we use in transportation. It also aids storage until they are picked up. Most plastics are currently sold overseas. Number ones (soft drink bottles) are often used in the garment industry to be made into polar fleece. Numbers two milk bottles are primarily made into plastics like recycling crates – it takes 32 milk bottles to make an average sized recycling crate!

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