I was really surprised at how much plastic I have been ‘recycling’ that doesn’t make the grade.

In Hastings District the council will only recycle two types of plastic – 1 (PET), 2 (HDPE). Everything else ends up in a landfill either here or someone else in the world.

So what does that mean that you can recycle? 

1: PET is most commonly used for soft drink and water bottles – clear and coloured bottles – in a range of sizes. Other uses of PET include cleaning containers, personal care bottles, some meat trays, punnets for berries and tomatoes, and plastic clam shells for muffins and baked goods.

2: HDPE is most commonly used for dairy containers such as milk and cream bottles, and SOME ice-cream containers, juice bottles, shampoo, cleaning and detergent bottles.

And that’s it folks!

Tomorrow we’ll look at the third tip: Soft plastics.

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