Plastic Recycling – Plastics Green Ant Buy
Many plastic recyclers will only deal with a small range of the hundreds of different plastic types that exist in the market today. As a plastic recycling facilitator Green Ant Plastic Recycling do not have this limitation.
There are certain plastic types which are more attractive to us commercially for plastic recycling because they are more widely recycled but we will endeavour to find a home for any plastics that you have available for sale or disposal.
We handle all plastics in all forms so whether you have products in their original form (scrap), in a size reduced form such as shred or regrind (granulate) or pellet (compound) form, we can help.
Post-Industrial vs Post-Consumer
Green Ant handles waste plastics for recycling arising from both Post-Consumer and Post Industrial waste streams but we do not currently buy plastics from individual houselholders.
Post-Industrial plastics might include plastic production waste in the form of off-cuts, defective goods, off-spec products.
Post-Consumer plastics might include a range of plastic and plastic packaging products including (but certainly not limited to) crates, drums, bottles and bottle caps, yoghurt pots, coathangers, seed trays.
Using our network of Plastic Recycling Associates we can often ensure that your plastics are recycled here in the UK using a variety of processes including sorting, baling, washing, drying, size reduction, compounding etc. More information about plastic recycling processes.
Volume and Frequency
It is always our aim to develop reliable regular supplies of plastic raw materials in full truck loads as this minimises the financial and environmental cost of transportation. However by facilitating plastic recycling through our network of plastic recycling associates we are able to handle smaller quantities than many other plastic recyclers. We are also interested in one off (or in frequently arising) plastics.
Green Ant always endeavour to supply a quality plastic raw material to their customers and plastic recycling associates to ensure the maximum rate of recycling and minimum level of waste.
Consistency – ideally the plastics should all be of the same type and from the same process or source although we appreciate this may not always be possible. Plastics of mixed consistency can still be recycled but the value we can pay for them may be reduced.
Contamination – ideally plastics should be supplied free from contamination from other plastic types and free from extraneous contamination such as foams, metal wood etc. Again contaminated plastics can usually still be recycled but their value will be greatly reduced.
How To Pack Your Waste
Packaging will depend on the form of the waste and should be appropriate for that form. Essentially the plastics should be packed and secured in such a manner as to reach their destination in good condition.
- For Scrap – metal cages (stillages), industrial skips, boxes, FIBC’s etc.
- For Regrind / Pellet – 25 kgs bags/sacks, FIBC’s, Octoboxes
It is our usual and our preferred option for plastics that we purchase to be packed onto pallets for ease of loading / unloading using a fork lift truck. However if supplying baled materials this may not be necessary. Please check our requirements before shipment.
How Much Will We Pay
There is no single straightforward answer to this other than that we will pay a fair market price, but what that fair market price will be will depend on may factors such as:-
- The type of material (ie. PE, PP, PS, PA, PVC etc.)
- The colour of the plastic (ie. Clear/Natural; Single Colour; Jazz – Mixed Colour)
- The physical properties (density, melt flow – MFI, Impact Strength etc.)
- The volume of material
- Nearest suitable plastic recycling associate
The Alternative (Toll Processing)
The alternative to selling us your plastic raw materials is to have them processed and returned to you as a valuable raw material to an agreed specification that you can use again. Find out more about or toll processing service.
Contacting Green Ant Plastic Recycling
To find out more about how you can sell your waste plastics to Green Ant please call on 01507 418111 or complete the form at the top of the page.