It is unlikely you will need to look far to find a scrap plastic recycling service. Most businesses take their obligation to reduce landfill waste seriously – a move that has fuelled a growth in the number of recycling services available. However, can you be sure you’re getting the price you deserve? Some businesses may actually charge you to recycle your plastic, while others may not be transparent about the price they offer, or may give lower than market rates for some types of plastic.
In this article we briefly outline the rebate prices you can expect from scrap plastic recycling, to help you get better value from your waste management strategy.
What Scrap Plastic Can Be Recycled?
Modern recycling and processing methods have massively increased the number of plastic polymers that can be recycled. At the time of writing this extends to over 100 types of plastic, which can be recycled in specialist plants and resold as raw materials to manufacturers around the world. Scrap plastic is therefore a valuable resource, and it is only fair that as the end-user you are able to capitalise on this commodity.
Here is a rundown of commonly used commercial plastics and the prices you should expect per tonne of scrap.
Polypropylene: £180-£240 Per Tonne
Polypropylene is used in plastic boxes, car bumpers, pallets, garden furniture, beer crates and a range of packaging materials.
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE): £180-£220
HDPE can be found in domestic wheelie bins, mushroom baskets, water pipes, food trays, gas pipes, safety barriers etc.
Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE): £80-£240
LDPE is an extremely versatile plastic that is used in different grades for different purposes, but most commonly in wrappings and temporary packaging. Examples include ‘garden variety’ plastic bags, cling film, coin bags, shrink wrap packaging films, waterproof covers, garment covers, dust sheets etc. The higher grade clear plastics attract a higher price, but all can be recycled.
Polystyrene is widely used as a packaging material in the logistics industry. It can also be found in trays, CD holders, roof tiles and a wide range of other applications. It is a fairly heavy material and can yield good rebates when recycled in bulk.
General Purpose Polystyrene (GPPS): £200-£240
GPPS is the primary constituent of disposable plastic cups, as well as CD cases and Biro pen cases.
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET): £180-£220
A lot of food safe plastic applications are made from PET. These include Tupperware storage containers, plastic water bottles and mouldings.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC): £100-£250
PVC is one of the most widely used industrial plastic polymers. PVC scrap can come from off cuts from window manufacture, water pipes, gardening equipment and many more applications. The value of PVC varies quite widely depending on the colour. White or clear PVC is easier to recycle and attract a higher price. Other colours may yield a lower rebate.
Acrylic is widely used in commercial settings for office display, desk stands, shop display stands, replacement windows etc.
Commonly used in sheet form including conservatory roofing, bus shelter widows, display stands or in moulding form music CD/DVD discs, pallets etc. Polycarbonate is also used for TV and computer casing, keyboards, mice and other commonly used IT components.
Earn More Money From Your Plastic Waste
At Recycled UK we specialise in collecting, processing and reselling recycled scrap plastic materials. Using eco-friendly facilities, we convert scrap plastic into high quality raw materials for re-entry into the factory market. As one of the longest established plastic recycling specialists in our sector, we are committed to transparent prices and generous rebates for all types of scrap plastic.
To find out more and see if you are getting the best value, please download our Plastic Recycling Rebate Guide, a free e-book that can be accessed by clicking here.
For a free site audit and a competitive quote, please get in touch with one of our sales team today.