The States of Guernsey Public Services Department set to expand plastic recycling at bring banks to include polypropylene (PP, no. 5) and Polystyrene (PS, no. 6) plastics

December 7th, 2010 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

The States of Guernsey Public Services Department is set to expand the range of household plastic items that can be recycled at the island’s bring banks.

Although many products are generally referred to as plastic, they are made from a range of different materials. Until now only two of these could be recycled locally, but the Department now plans to expand this to four.

The move is expected to boost the amount of plastic recycled locally by around thirty percent.

The new plastics that will be accepted are known as types 5 and 6 – referring to the triangular recycling logos that are usually found on these items to identify the material they are made of. These are typically used for food packaging, including many margarine tubs, yoghurt pots and ice-cream containers.

The yoghurt container (left) is made of Polystyrene, plastic No. 6. The base of the yoghurt container is embossed with a '6' in a triangle. The Flora margarine tub is made of Polypropylene, plastic No. 5. The Flora tub is not marked with a plastic number but it does contain a recycling symbol on the base. Unilever customer service confirms that it is made of Polypropylene (click image to expand)

Although these are a lower grade of plastic than type 1 and 2, which can already be recycled through the bring banks, improvements in sorting methods and emerging markets in the UK means that processors can now accommodate them.

Public Services Minister Deputy Bernard Flouquet said that this had made recycling plastics type 5 & 6 a viable option, and householders will be able to place them in the bring banks mixed with their other plastic 1 & 2 containers.

‘We have reached an agreement with Mayside Recycling, and although we have yet to formally sign the contract we hope to complete that in the next few days,’ he said.

Plastic recycling bins are available at all the main bring bank super sites.

Although the expanded facility will increase the amount of plastic collected locally, because of its lightweight nature this would add around 0.7% to the household recycling rate next year.

However Deputy Flouquet said this would contribute towards efforts to keep the amount of household waste recycled above the 50% target, which was achieved in the third quarter of 2010.

Currently Recyclable at Guernsey bring banks:

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Soon to be recyclable at Guernsey bring banks:

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