Why can I only recycle plastic bottles and not all types of plastic?

Plastic bottles are mainly made from PET and HDPE. They are produced and used in large volumes, as easily recognisable by the public and there are established end markets allowing plastic bottles to be easily recycled.

Yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and meal trays have different specifications from plastic bottles. End markets for these plastics are limited and our recycling partners do not accept them.  In the UK some are accepted in different places and some are not, by only asking for plastic bottles we ensure a cost effective recycling service with less rejects to landfill.

Arrangement of types of plastic bottles