Plastic bottle recycling Adelaide Super Collectors; such as ‘Pooraka Bottle and Can Recycling Depot’ handle, are plastic bottles that qualify for the South Australian government’s container deposit refund scheme.
Under SA container deposit legislation, plastic bottles marked with either:
“10c refund at collection depots when sold in SA” or
“10c refund at SA/NT collection depots in State/Territory of purchase”, can be taken to a recycling centre to collect 10 cents per plastic bottle.
As one of the largest public recycling centres Adelaide consumers visit, Pooraka Bottle and Can Depot sorts the plastic bottles, separating them into containers of different types of plastic; making sure all lids are removed first before they are recycled into other plastic items, including fleece jackets, pillow and sleeping bag filling, carpet, building insulation, plastic buckets, fencing, pipes and more plastic bottles.
Plastic drink bottles sold in Adelaide are primarily made using three types of plastic; polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE for short), high density polyethylene (HDPE for short) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
PET plastics are commonly used to make soft drink and water bottles. Polyethylene terephthalate plastic is clear and melts at 80° Celsius.
High Density Polyethylene
HDPE plastic used to make juice and milk bottles on the other hand is opaque with a waxy surface; often coloured and melts at 75° Celsius.
PVC is strong, often clear and used to make some fruit juice bottles with a melting temperature of 80° Celsius.
Plastic Recycling Facts
- The energy saved by recycling just one plastic drink bottle is enough to power a personal computer for about 25 minutes.
- It takes 25 two litre plastic bottles to make a large sized fleece jacket.
- As plastic decomposes, methane is produced, which is 20 times stronger than carbon dioxide.
- Plastic bottles not recycled, thrown away irresponsibly are responsible for killing birds and marine life.
Apart from helping the environment, you can make money recycling plastic bottles; by taking them to a plastic bottle recycling centre near you.