High Density Polyethylene

HDPE natural plastics are processed locally in the south east of England.

  • Bales are put into an articulated lorry at the MRF in Smugglers Way and taken to the facility.
  • The material is shredded and put on conveyor belts and any contaminants removed before being but through a sink tank (to separate out any unwanted plastic types, e.g.  bottle tops). These plastics are then sold locally in the UK and Europe to be made into new products.
  • Bottle tops are separated from the natural HDPE at the reprocessing centre in the sink tank and are sent to a secondary facility to be recycled.
  • The HDPE flakes are washed, dried, melted and pelletised before being mixed with some virgin material and made back into milk bottles.