manufacturers now use PET yoghurt pots, which are the same polymer type
as plastic bottles. This means that PET yoghurt pots can be recycled.
yogurt pots are made from polystyrene and are not generally accepted
in plastic recycling schemes. Polystyrene has an entirely different
make-up to the polymers used in plastic bottles and there are currently
limited outlets for this material. Again, there are fewer clearly identified
end markets for the material at this time. The quality of the material
is often compromised as a result of food contamination, making it necessary
for householders to thoroughly wash the cartons before depositing for
where yogurt pots and rigid food containers have been collected, the
value of the material has been diminished by a lack of thorough cleaning.
Lids / Caps
people often ask why they are advised to remove the lids from their
plastic bottles when depositing them for recycling. The reason is, again,
that the lids are made from a different type of plastic to the bottle
and, if mixed with the bottles, causes contamination of the polymer
type, reducing both the quality and value of the material. This can
have implications on the intended end-use of the recycled material due
to the contamination's impact on end-product consistency.
get asked if flower pots can be recycled. The majority of flower pots
are made from polypropylene (PP), although some are made from polystyrene.
As in the case of rigid food containers and some yogurt pots, there
are few outlets for collected material and a higher level of contamination.
bag recycling facilities are now available in some supermarkets. The
facilities are not yet widespread due to the very lightweight nature
of carrier bags and sale outlets are limited. The material is generally
only used for low grade applications, such as bin liners, because of
the contamination effect of the printing ink, making it only suitable
for dark colours, such as grey or black.
out about different types of plastics and which of these you can recycle
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