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

  • Soft drink bottles
  • Mineral water bottles,
  • Fruit juice containers
  • Cooking oil bottles.


    HDPE 2

High Density Polyethylene

  • Milk jugs,
  • Cleaning agents
  • Laundry detergents
  • Bleaching agents
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Washing and shower soaps.


    HDPE 2


  • Pots (yogurt, soup, etc
  • Tubs (margarine, ice cream, etc.)
  • Trays (raw meat or ham trays; take-away trays; fruit /veg trays)
    • Remove any film lids and absorbent pads in the bottom of trays, and put these in your general rubbish
  • Medicine bottles
  • Plastic lids.


Symbols 3, 4, 6 and 7

various types of plastic including:

Cling film
Carrier bags
Credit cards
Toys and novelties
CD cases and audiocassettes
Disposable plates, cups and cutlery
iPod cases