Answers to the most frequently asked questions

About collecting and recycling

Is the recycling process environmentally friendly?2019-03-06T09:58:06+00:00

Yes and no. The recycling process requires energy. Even though the machines used are new and extremely efficient, they still need power. Power that is often generated in a non-sustainable manner. Fortunately, the amount of renewable energy generated in the Netherlands is on the rise.

The raw material itself no longer requires any products from nature: it is already plastic. It is just washed and melted into small, identical pellets (grains). This results in a decrease in the demand for new raw materials as well as a reduction in the environmental burden.

Are other products made from recycled plastic?2019-03-06T09:57:43+00:00

Recycled plastic has the same qualities as new plastic and can also be used for a wide range of applications. Fortunately its use is also becoming increasingly common. Examples include crates, flowerpots, bags and even clothing.

Is the waste you use for recycled plastic ‘Post-Consumer’(PCR)?2019-03-06T09:56:33+00:00

Yes. Our recycled material mainly comes from QCP, a recycling factory in Limburg, where plastic waste from Dutch households is recycled. Therefore, this waste is Post-Consumer (PCR): it originates from the consumer

Can a bottle made from recycled material be recycled again?2019-03-06T10:23:49+00:00

Yes, that’s what is so great about recycled plastic: it can be repeatedly recycled without losing its properties.

Where is the best place to return my old plastic bottles that are not subject to a deposit?2019-03-06T10:22:31+00:00

An increasing number of municipalities are collecting sorted waste, either in containers, underground containers or rubbish bags. Ask your municipality about the possibilities in your area.

About plastic

What is bioplastic?2019-03-06T09:50:32+00:00

There are two types of bioplastic: biobased and biodegradable. The first, biobased, is plastic (HDPE) made from plant-based biomass, such as sugar cane. This type has the same properties as new HDPE and can be recycled. Read more about bioplastic, compostability and biobased plastics here.

What is ‘virgin’ plastic?2019-03-06T09:48:52+00:00

The term ‘virgin’ is used to refer to new material: plastic that is produced from new raw materials extracted from the earth, such as petroleum.

What do the figures mean in the recycling symbol on the bottom of the bottle?2019-03-06T09:47:51+00:00

There may be several figures on the bottom of the bottle: figures in and outside the recycling symbol.

A figure inside the symbol indicates the material from which the bottle was made, but not whether this material was recycled. For example, 01 stands for PET and 02 for HDPE. It is also possible that a letter code, such as PET/PE or HDPE appears in the recycling logo instead of a figure.

How can I tell whether my bottle is made from recycled material?2019-03-06T09:47:16+00:00

There is a symbol that reveals whether a bottle is made from recycled material. You can also recognise recycled plastic from certain properties. R-PET has a darker hue and certain types of R-HDPE (non-coloured) have an ivory colour and a coloured speckle here and there. But developments are moving fast. The difference between recycled and new materials is ever smaller. Read more about our recycled material and how to recognise them here.

About our recycled material

Why is R-HDPE grey or ivory in colour?2019-03-06T09:46:42+00:00

This depends on the plastic received by the waste sorting factory and the way in which it is sorted. Grey R-HDPE is the result of coloured bottles. Ivory-coloured R-HDPE is mainly derived from plastic that is a natural, white and or light colour, and that cannot be recognised by machines.

Is a bottle made from recycled plastic more expensive than a bottle produced from new material?2019-03-06T09:46:19+00:00

Yes, slightly. This is because of the production process. In principle, factories in which recycled bottles are produced are designed for new bottles. It is a fully automated process. When we want to produce recycled bottles the machines have to be flushed. The production process for these bottles also involves a lot of manual work. Of course, we try and produce as many recycled bottles as possible in one go and therefore minimise waste.

How is it possible that R-PET is suitable for food and all cosmetics?2019-03-06T09:45:31+00:00

Our R-PET is produced 95% from bottles of which the origin is known, including bottles subject to a deposit that are returned to supermarkets. ‘A’ quality R-PET (MOPET) complies with all regulations related to food packaging and can also be used for foodstuffs and all cosmetics.

Why is R-HDPE not suitable for food and some cosmetics?2019-03-06T11:05:04+00:00

This is due to the fact that 95% of the raw materials for the recycled material cannot be traced with certainty. This means the material does not comply with the regulations that apply to food packaging.

Why does recycled HDPE sometimes have an odour?2019-03-06T09:42:14+00:00

This is due to the intensive cleaning process applied to the plastic waste used as the raw material for recycled plastic. We try and prevent this odour by first ‘bleeding the air’ from the raw material we use after it is recycled.

Do the bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA)?2019-03-06T09:41:55+00:00

No, our bottles do not contain any BPA. All the raw materials we use have been tested and comply with all regulations.

I would like to use 25% recycled plastic in my packaging, is it possible?2019-03-06T09:32:58+00:00

Yes, definitely, but it is slightly less sustainable than we would like. Our aim is for all packaging to be made from 100% recycled plastic in the future. But if 25% recycled plastic is the step you need to be increasingly sustainable in the future, we’d be happy to contribute. Please contact us to discover the options.

About our assortment

Will there be even more recycled bottles on your site in the future?2019-03-06T09:51:04+00:00

We are constantly expanding our assortment. Our aim is for all plasticflessen.nl and HD Packaging bottles to eventually be produced from recycled material.

Do you also have caps made from recycled plastic.2019-03-06T09:41:26+00:00

You will currently find a few caps made from recycled plastic in our assortment. They are dark grey. Would you like to see another cap made from recycled material? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Could I order sample bottles?2019-03-06T09:36:55+00:00

We have a special sample packet containing two samples: One from R-PET and one from R-HDPE, both complete with an R-PP cap. This allows you to discover how our bottles look, smell and taste in their purest form. Order your sample packet here.

Can I have my own recycled plastic bottle designed?2019-03-06T09:34:23+00:00

Together with our parent company, HD Packaging, we would be delighted to jointly develop new bottles with you that satisfy your requirements. Moreover, we are thrilled to contribute to seeing even more recycled bottles on the shelves. Contact us to discover the possibilities.

Can recycled plastic also be coloured?2019-03-06T09:33:47+00:00

Yes, it’s possible, but unfortunately the colouring agents are still produced from new oil. This means that by colouring the plastic small quantities of colouring agents are added to the raw materials and the plastic chain. Therefore, the plastic is slightly less sustainable, although still considerably more sustainable that non-recycled and coloured plastic. Fortunately adding 3% colouring agent to a bottle often suffices.

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