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Plastics recycling

Recycle for Scotland

Not all plastics are created equal and it can be tricky to know what you can and can't recycle. Some plastics are easier to recycle and are in demand as a resource while others are more difficult to recycle.

The best thing you can do is to cut down on all disposable products, no matter the material, but for those you can't it's important to recycle them correctly to avoid contaminating the recycling process.

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Your guide to recycling plastic

Did you know that we use an incredible 694 million plastic bottles in Scotland every year? Thankfully we can recycle most of them and lots of other items made of plastic too.

Watch our ‘Not So Rubbish’ Guide to Recycling Plastic to get the lowdown on everything you need to know to help conserve energy and reduce landfill.

What can you do?

  1. Check out our guide to recycling packaging symbols to find out what you can and can't recycle

  2. Squash bottles and screw lids back on before you throw them into the recycling bin

  3. Recyclable plastic film can be taken to recycling bins at larger supermarkets

  4. Give your recycling a quick rinse to remove any remaining food before recycling