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Here at Aylesbury Granulation, we work with a number of clients to help with their HDPE plastic recycling. This includes sources such as HDPE production waste, such as sprues, purge and run up waste; wheelie bins; bottles, crates, PE80 and PE100 utility pipe; pallets; and more unusual things like portable toilet doors and walls.

Like most polymers, HDPE is totally recyclable. In terms of ease and volume HDPE and PP are currently the most widely recycled plastics globally.

What is HDPE?

HDPE stands for High Density Polyethylene. As a polymer type it has a wide range of benefits. It is a cost-effective plastic with good rigidity. It can withstand both high and low temperatures. It is also resistant to most chemical solvents.

HDPE is used in products that benefit from its properties, this includes both domestic and industrial bottles and containers, including those for chemical and hazardous substances.

It is frequently used in toy manufacture, due to its durability.

HDPE Plastic Recycling
HDPE regrind

How does HDPE Plastic Recycling work at Aylesbury Granulation?

When you have a waste stream including HDPE, you need to have a reliable partner to help you deal with your HDPE plastic recycling. We would be very happy to help you with this.

Of the HDPE that we recycle some is primary waste – that means that it is waste from the manufacturing process. But a good deal of it is a secondary waste – for example from the transportation of raw materials that come into the business. You can rest assured that all plastic that we accept is processed by us and the regrind is used back in plastic manufacturing.

How does it work?

Your HDPE plastic recycling would come to us either palletised, in builders’ bags, or in a tipper RoRo. All material is fed into our machinery. We process on average 1 tonne per hour. The material is downsized into 12mm sized pieces called regrind. Our regrind is sold on to be remanufactured into plastic products.
Do you get paid?

Put simply, the answer is “yes”. Whilst there are some ups and downs, the market for recycled HDPE tends to be fairly constant. Prices vary by feedstock but are in the ranges from £95 – £200 per metric tonne on a delivered in basis.

Our rebate rate is quoted on a delivered-in price. However, if you are not able to deliver, we are always happy to arrange transport for you and take any cost off of the rebate due to you.

After processing your material, we detail each and every kilo of plastic processed and send you a rebate statement. Against this you raise your invoice.

What do we need from you?

It is very important to recognise that contamination stops plastic from being recyclable. Your waste stream should be kept away from any other plastics and away from anywhere where staff may think it acceptable to throw their “general” waste.  The material that comes to us must be pure plastic free from contamination, so for example, no metal fixings, no organics, no other rubbish or plastics.

It is always super helpful if you have photos of your waste, and also an idea of what volume you create during what time frame.

If you have HDPE, or any other plastic, for recycling, then please contact Susan and we can discuss this further.