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Recycling plastic

A variety of different types of plastic are used in making plastic bottles and other types of packaging. Not all types of plastic can be collected for recycling in West Lancashire.

West Lancashire Borough Council can only accept plastic bottles in the blue bin (blue box for some residents).  Contaminating the blue bin/blue box with other types of plastic could result in the bin/box not being emptied.  See table below.

Items that can't go into your blue bin/blue box should be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or placed in your grey bin.


 (usually on the bottom of the container)


Can I put it in the blue bin / blue box?

                                      PETE 1 Polyethylene Terepthalate

Clear bottles and
coloured bottles
with symbol 1 or 2


    HDPE 2

High Density Polyethylene


Symbols 3 to 7

various types of plastic including:

 Food   trays
Yogurt   pots
Butter and margarine tubs
Medicine bottles
Bottle tops
Cling film
Carrier bags
Credit cards
Toys and novelties
CD cases and audiocassettes
Disposable  plates, cups and cutlery
iPod cases