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Recycling Bottles - Plastic Bottle Recycling - Glass Bottle Recycling


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Every year billions of plastics bottles are used all over the world to pack mineral water, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, detergents, cosmetics, pharmaceutical products and edible oils. These plastic containers are made up of three different materials according to their use:


1: PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

    Used for carbonated drink, cordial, cooking oil bottles.

2: HDPE (High Density Polyethylene)

    Used for milk and fruit juice, washing liquids, fabric conditioner bottles.

3: PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

    Used for still mineral water bottles.


Unlike other waste, we can neither throw nor bury this plastic so recycling this plastic makes perfect sense. Bottles are collected by waste collecting agencies and taken to Material Recovery Facilities (MRF).

At the MRF, plastic bottles are separated from other waste materials, like metals and glass and sorted by the colors they contain: like red, blue, green and yellow.


The bottles are then crushed, pressed into bales and sold to recycling companies, where they are washed and convert into granules. These granules are in turn converted to flakes and flakes are processed by plastic moulding machines into new products.


PET bottles are recycled into products like fibres for sleeping bags and anoraks, coverings for wall and floor. HDPE bottles are recycled into products like fencing, park benches and signposts. PVC bottles are converted to drainage pipes, electrical fittings and clothing.


In almost all countries plastic bottles are marked with a triangular shaped universal recycling symbol along with a resin identification code that shows, how many time it has been recycled.


Glass bottles are also widely recycled and this reduces the demand for new raw materials. For every ton of recycled glass used, 1.2 tones of raw materials are preserved. As a result of recycling the amount of waste glass has reduced significantly.


Glass is inert and not directly hazardous to the environment but it does remain unchanged indefinitely.