Plastic Bottle Tops

Recycling Bottle Tops

Most councils that collect plastic bottles for recycling ask us to remove all lids. We couldn’t understand why, as the lids are plastic too.
There are two reasons; One – is because the colours would contaminate the uncoloured bottle plastic and sometimes they’re made from different kinds of plastic from the bottle. Two – the one which surprised us, was because; if you leave them on, they either explode when they go through the crusher,  or the air in the bottle propels the lids into the air at such a high speed, they become a danger to the people working near the machinery! Knowing this now makes perfect sense!

You can also recycle these bottle tops to help charities!
If you hear of any schemes that are collecting plastic bottle tops for charity, we recommend that you please contact the charity in question directly, to confirm that they are actually collecting. Any charity would undoubtedly prefer a quick phone call rather than having bags of unwanted bottle tops arriving unexpectedly. And if you find any genuine charities who are collecting them, please let us know, so that we can pass the message on.

Charities which are collecting Plastic Milk Bottle tops.

  • New Forest Mencap are collecting bottle tops. These must be sent directly to Associated Polymer Resources (APR), Wrens Farm, Castle Lane, North Badesley, Southampton, SO52 9LY. State the charity to which you are donating.
  • St. Pauls Church Chichester collect milk bottle tops, and proceeds are donated to Chestnut Tree House, which is the only children’s hospice in Sussex. Your tops should be taken to the church and deposited in the bins in the car park.
  • The Matthew Project a charity based throughout Norfolk and Suffolk collect all sorts of lids including plastic milk bottle tops. They ask that you collect them inside a clean milk bottle.
  • Sussex Green Living collect bottle tops for recycling and have collection points at various locations in Sussex.

Or Start Your Own Collection.

If you wish to collect bottle tops for charity yourself, or with a group, there is a company that recycles them, who are in Portsmouth butcollect through most of the South of England and get calls from all over the country. Among the charities they support are; Help For Hero’s, Macmillan Nurses, London Air Ambulance and more.
They have a minimum quantity which they will accept for payment, however, they have several collection points and are happy to accept small amounts of milk bottle tops on behalf of charities, which they will keep on file and inform groups every 2 months how their total is mounting up and send them a newsletter. To find out more visit GHS Recycling for Charity