Rules of plastic recycling

So, you decided to recycle plastic. But there are so many different plastic items that you might feel lost. We want to help you navigate through this process so it becomes easy and comprehensible.

In general the rule is – bring to recycling every piece of plastic you have. In any case scenario it goes through additional manual sorting. However, to respect the work of people who work on recycling facilities you can follow the general rules:

  • your plastic for recycling should be clean (rinse it from food or drink residue)
  • any bottles should not contain any liquids.
  • you can remove the caps or lids and put them separately into the same recycling bin for plastic.
  • jam all bottles and other plastic before disposing it in the bin so they take as little space as possible.

Most of plastic products have tags or marks with the indication of the type or plastic they are made of. You can find them on the bottom or on the bottom or side of the label. There are 7 main types:

  • 1 or PET (PETE) – Polyethylene. One of the most widespread and easily recyclable types. Water and soft drink bottles, egg containers and trays for takeaway food in supermarkets are made of this plastic.
  • 2 or HDPE – High Density Polyethylene. This type is used to make bottles for shampoos, shower gels, liquid detergents and other cleaning stuff.
  • 3 or PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride. Technical type of plastic. Please avoid it.

It is not suitable for food packaging but you can still find it in the supermarkets, for example, as trays for cookies. Not recyclable. Contain phthalates, and releases super poisonous fumes when burnt.

  • 4 or LDPE – Low Density Polyethylene. Used to make shopping bags, packaging for food and other household things (i.e. toilet paper packaging). So called soft plastic.
  • 5 or PP – Polypropylene. Used to make cosmetics packaging, straws, medicine bottles, toys, furniture, etc.
  • 6 or PS – Polystyrene. Used to make single-use plates and utensils, cosmetic bags, CD cases. White trays that you bring from supermarkets with fish, meat and cheese. Might be dangerous for people as can leak styrene, possible cancerogen chemical. Hardly recyclable and should be avoided.
  • 7 or OTHER – Unknown and unpredictable combinations of plastic. Please try to avoid in your life as much as possible.

You can bring only PET-bottles to collection points in Tbilisi and Batumi.

We accept plastic of types 1-5, andl also hard 6 (PS). 

❗️ You can NOT bring for recycling the following:
  • Plastic of type 7.
  • any other plastic packaging or items without mark
  • plastic bottles that contained oil (ail penetrates in PET and is very hard to clean)
  • single-use plastic plates, glasses, cutlery, straws
  • • toothpaste tubes

 

It might seem a little hard at first but once you sort your plastic trash a couple of times according to this list you will then do it easily without any effort. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions or make suggestions. We are here to help you better understand how to recycle properly. And of course remember that recycling is not a solution. Better way is to reduce your general consumption of plastic with reusable options.

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