Making our products recyclable
Sometimes plastic is our only option to deliver high-quality products to you effectively. We grade and develop all our products based on recyclability.
Where to start?
Working out what can and can’t be recycled is confusing. It’s not always clear whether the products you are using can be safely recycled without harming the environment.
This guide shows you how you can recycle the plastics from our products, creating a cleaner future.
Which plastics can be recycled
This guide shows you how to create a cleaner future by recycling the plastic in our products. There are 3 main types: PET, HDPE, and PP. Plastics that are not defined by other codes are classed as miscellaneous, including plastic resins, composites and mixed polymers. This type of plastic is complex and difficult to recycle.
Transparent PET bottles, are widely recycled. But the the coloured PET bottles aren't. That's why you won’t find coloured PET bottles in our products.
HDPE bottles come in a variety of colours, all of which can be recycled apart from black bottles, which cannot be detected by automatic sorting systems. Unilever is replacing black HDPE bottles with recyclable counterparts, like our Domestos Sink and Pipe Unblocker which is now fully recyclable.
PP pots, trays and rubs can be recycled, but not all local authorities are able to collect or sort PP products. This means that good-quality recyclable material can end up in landfill. We use PP for our caps and toilet cages, and we recommend that you leave caps on bottles so that they have more chance of being recycled.
Look out for these symbols on your household products, which often refer to the label sleeves that cover bottles. Although they are technically recyclable, there is no dedicated sorting in place. Our sleeves are easy to remove, and we recommend that you take them off before recycling, otherwise the recyclable materials might go to waste.
Biodegradable and compostable plastics should be put in a compost bin provided by the local council.
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