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Recycling your disposable and reusable plastic glasses

We supply a wide range of different types of disposable plastic glasses and reusable plastic glasses sourced from many different manufacturers in the UK and accross Europe.

Plastic Glass

If you are ordering plastic glasses in bulk we recommend that you find your closest plastics recycling scheme. Nearly all local councils will accept plastics as part of their recycling program but are often specific with the types of plastic that they will accept.

Also depending on the type of plastic, generally the premium plastics such as polycarbonate or SAN, there are growing number of commercial recycling programmes that will pay you for your used plastic glasses.

The plastics industry has defined codes for the seven main types of plastic to ease in identification and aid in separation ready for disposal and recycling.

If you have any questions about our products, the materials used or recycling opportunities, please give us a call.

Different types of plastics and their codes and common uses can be seen below. To make life easier many of our stocked plastic glasses are marked with one of these symbols to aid you in identifying and separating them for disposal.

Recycle 1

Polyethylene terephthalate
Usually clear or green, sinks in water, rigid. Barrier to gas and moisture.

Soft drink, water and salad dressing bottles, cooking oil bottles, disposable plastic glasses.

Recycle 2

High density polyethylene
Semi rigid, sinks in water. Resistance to moisture, permeability to gas.

Water bottles, bleach bottles, milk, juice, washing up liquid, bath and shower gel bottles, plastic bags.

Recycle 3

Polyvinyl Chloride
Semi rigid, glossy, sinks in water.

Detergent / cleanser bottles, cling film.

Recycle 4

Low density polyethylene
Flexible, not crinkly. Ease of processing, Ease of sealing, barrier to moisture.

6 pack rings, bread bags, sandwich bags, frozen food bags, squeezable bottles, cling films, flexible container lids.

Recycle 5

Semi rigid, low gloss, resistance to heat, chemicals, grease and oil, versatile barrier to moisture.

Margarine tubs, straws, screw on lids, reusable microwave ware, kitchenware, yogurt containers, disposable cups and plates, disposable plastic glasses.

Recycle 6

Often brittle, glossy. easily formed.

Styrofoam, foam cups, packaging chips, cartons, disposable cups, plates, trays and cutlery, take-away containers, disposable plastic glasses and reusable plastic glasses.

Recycle 7

Other (often Polycarbonate, Acrylic, ABS, SAN mixed / multi layer plastic)

Beverage bottles; baby milk bottles; electronic casing. virtually unbreakable plastic glasses, reusable plastic glasses.

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