What Plastics can households currently recycle at Guernsey’s bring banks?

April 14th, 2010 by Richard Lord

There can be confusion about what household plastic items can be taken to Guernsey’s eight super bring bank sites.

These sites are located at Cobo Village, Vazon, Checkers (Manor Stores) in St. Martin, Safeway, Salerie corner, L’Eree, Longfrie Inn, and Chouet.

The tidy bring bank site at Longfrie Inn in St. Pierre du Bois ©RLLord

Currently only plastic No. 1 and plastic No. 2 can be recycled at the bring banks.  There is one exception.

The Chouet bring bank has a container to accept clean, white Polystyrene used for packaging white and electronic goods.

Polystyrene is plastic No. 6.  If the Polstyrene is not white and not clean it cannot be recycled in Guernsey presently.

Styrofoam food tray packs cannot be recycled in Guernsey currently even if the Styrofoam is white.  All other Styrofoam packaging cannot be recycled either.

Plastic trays and other plastic packaging that has printed on it only the triangular recycling symbol should not be taken to Guernsey’s bring banks for recycling because it may not be a plastic that is currently recyclable in Guernsey.

How to Identify Plastic No. 1

Plastic No. 1 packaging material can come in many shapes and sizes.  The plastic packaging may have a recycling symbol of three arrows forming a triangle with the number ‘1’ printed inside the triangle or it may be printed with the letters ‘PET’ or ‘PETE’.

‘PET’ or ‘PETE’ stands for polyethylene terephthalate. For this grade of plastic to be recyclable in Guernsey it must have either the No. 1 in a recycling symbol triangle or the letters ‘PET’ or ‘PETE’ printed on it.

Some of the PET plastic No. 1 packaging that can be recycled at Guernsey's bring banks ©RLLord

How to Identify Plastic No. 2

Plastics marked with the triangular recycling symbol containing the number ‘2’ can be recycled at eight of Guernsey’s bring banks.

Plastic No. 2 is high-density polyethylene.  Plastic No. 2 may also be marked with the letters ‘HDPE’ or simply the letters ‘PE’.

Some of the household HDPE (Plastic No. 2) containers that can be recycled at Guernsey's bring banks ©RLLord

Some plastic packaging has the letters ‘PP’ printed on it.  ‘PP’ stands for polypropylene plastic.  It is not currently recyclable in Guernsey.  It is identified as plastic No. 5.

‘PE’ (recyclable in Guernsey) and ‘PP’ (not recyclable in Guernsey can be confused if the printing is small.

The Guernsey’s Public Services Department produces a list of the bring bank sites on the island, and what each of the 39 brink bank sites accepts for recycling.

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