You can recycle any type of plastic bottles in your green recycling bin, recycling sack or communal recycling bin. This includes drink bottles, shampoo bottles and cleaning product bottles.
Lids (not pumps or spray tops) and labels can be left on. Please empty any liquid content and squash the bottle before replacing the lid.
Other types of plastic packaging can't currently be recycled but can be placed in your household waste bin for disposal.
Why can’t I recycle certain plastics such as plastic pots, tubs or trays?
Mixed recycling collected in Hampshire is sorted at one of two Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). These facilities sort items into different materials and can sort plastic bottles from other materials when an infra-red light is used to identify and separate two types of plastic bottle:
- PET (indicated by a number 1 on the bottom of the bottle)
- HDPE (indicated by a number 2 on the bottom of the bottle)
These two types make up around 97% of the plastic bottle stream, including milk, soft drink, cosmetic and cleaning product bottles.
Plastic pots, tubs and trays (PTT) are made up of a wider variety of polymers e.g. PS, PP, PET, PVC, and LDPE. This range of polymers can't be successfully sorted in our MRFs.
Any recyclable material needs a viable and sustainable end market. Currently, there is no viable market for over half of the PTT that we could collect.
Why can’t drink cartons be recycled?
Drink cartons are currently not recycled in Hampshire due to their foil lining and plastic coating.