HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) has a plastic recycling code of 2 and is often used in the manufacture of bottles – particularly for milk and fruit juice. It is also popularly used for pipes, cans, crates, wheelie bins and other plastic objects that may spend some time outside. It is a tough, hard-wearing plastic with high tensile strength that resists tearing or bursting – this is why you can even find HDPE used in wood-effect decking.

It is valued for its utility in injection moulding and its light weight – products made from HDPE are often lighter and therefore cheaper and easier to transport. Its non-corrosive properties mean that detergents and household cleaning chemicals are often bottled in HDPE plastic.

We offer a full range of HDPE recycling, buying and selling options – whether you’re looking to form a complete closed loop plastic recycling solution for your business or generate value from your HDPE scrap.

HDPE is recyclable from all of its forms including crates, bottles, tanks, IBCs, scrap, lumps, pipes, offcuts and sheets. At Vanden we are happy to collect and recycle a huge range of HDPE.

HDPE is recycled, once separated (usually by density), and then shredded and melted down to create a refined polymer. These pellets can then be used in manufacturing once again.

While the quality of any HDPE entering a recycling process is a key factor, the general rule of thumb is that HDPE can be recycled up to ten times. For some products, this can extend the material life massively, if properly recycled.

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