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Plastic Sorting Facilities

Biffa’s three UK based Plastic sorting facilities separate post-consumer plastics bottles into individual polymers ready for reprocessing

Biffa – Plastic Sorting Facilities

Biffa’s mixed plastic bottle sorting facilities, located in Wigan (North West), Aldridge (West Midlands) and Grangemouth (Scotland), are the ideal plants to turn mixed plastic bottles into individual polymer streamsThese are used by re-processors such as our own Biffa Polymer division, to be made back into containers again.

The majority of food containers are made from either PP (Polypropylene), PET (polyethylene terephthalate) or HDPE (High-density polyethylene) but segregating them for recycling is not a simple process. Normally they are collected via council kerbside collections, through recycling facilities, or as an output from a Dry Mixed Recycling sorting process. They are intermingled and quite often contain metal food and drink cans plus potentially glass residue. 

Sorting polymers in volume requires a sophisticated identification and separation process. Biffa has invested in industry leading technology to deal with the complexities in the material. The first task is to segregate by polymer then to sort PET and HDPE into clear (natural) or coloured (jazz). This maximises the return on materials ensuring we can offer exceptionally competitive rates for feedstock. 

Diagram of how a plastic bottle is used, recycled and reformed 

Plastics we buy

We can collect or you can deliver:-

  • ‘Grade A’ baled or loose mixed plastic bottles with all metals removed
  • Mixed plastic bottles with ferrous and non-ferrous tins or cans
  • ‘Grade B’ baled or loose mixed plastic bottles
  • Mixed plastic bottles with or without a significant glass elements

Plastics we don't buy

  • Mixed plastic bottle with plastic film included
  • Mixed plastic bottles with fibre (paper and cardboard) included
  • Mixed plastic bottles with odour
  • Large (>10ltr) or industrial plastics

For more information please complete the enquiries form and one of our team will contact you shortly.


Plastic Sorting Enquiries