- Can you identify The Unusual Suspects?
- Let's Get Composting!
- WRWA and Cory response to the LGA Statement on Plastics - August 2018
- Recycle Week 2018: 24 - 30 September 2018
- Saturday tours of the recycling centre
- Fire at the Smugglers Way Recycling Facility
- China's ban on certain waste materials
Where does my recycling go?
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.