The importance of plastic recycling and how we can help


We are all now encouraged to recycle as much waste as we can at home and at work.

Plastic recycling is of huge importance, as most plastics can be recycled multiple times to make items such as bags, moulding materials and new plastic bottles. In fact, as much as 12% of waste is plastic which can be recycled.

For every plastic bottle recycled, enough energy is generated to power a 60-watt light bulb for three hours.

Below we share how we gather and recycle plastic waste within Exeter and the surrounding areas:


Plastic recycling from mixed skips


Most of the plastic we find and send for recycling is found in mixed skips.

We carefully identify and then remove the plastic that can be recycled, as some brittle plastics are unsuitable due to the fact that they can be difficult to make into compact plastic balls

This task is carried out by hand, so that all plastic can be identified and correctly sorted.


Specialist plastic skips


On occasion, we do receive plastic-only skips.

These are usually used by companies who install windows and conservatories, and, as a result, accumulate lots of plastic waste.


Recycling plastics


We are able to source many plastics to be recycled, including HDPE, farm-based plastics, and LDPE. Plastics such as polypropylene are sorted and collected separately.

No matter what type of plastic we collect, all are separated either at our Bay Skips Yard, or at our alternative Exeter plastic recycling site.


Committed to recycling plastics


Bay Skips are passionate about reducing the vast amount of plastic that ends up in UK landfill.

We continue to work closely with the Bristol-based company, Plastic Experts, who collect all of our gathered plastic waste, ready to be recycled.


To learn more about how you can help us to recycle your plastic waste, please get in touch with us today.