We are setting up difficult to recycle collection boxes in Buxton. The first one is in operation at Sainsbury’s in the Market Place.

Here you can put crisp, biscuit and snack packets, old plastic pens and other writing implements and old tooth brushes and other oral care products and new recyclables are being added all the time.


Here is a list, prepared by the Consumer’s Association for identifying those plastic symbols.

The most common – and the most valuable – of these are:

  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) – used in water bottles and plastic trays
  • High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) – used for milk cartons and shampoo bottles
  • Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) – plastic carrier bags and bin liners.
  • Polypropylene (PP) – margarine tubs and ready-meal trays

These plastics have the greatest recycling demand and are easier for recycling facilities to handle than other polymers. As it’s airtight and rigid, yet flexible, PET is the most commonly used, and particularly useful for packaging food and drinks.

While polystyrene (used for takeaway boxes, cups and food packaging) and PVC (used for food packaging and drainpipes and guttering), are technically recyclable, it’s much more difficult to recycle these than the four listed above which is why we now have these new collection points.

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