Something of a mythology has grown up about the collection of plastic milk bottle tops for recycling; they have been the subject of numerous charity collection hoaxes, whereby it is suggested that if you can collect the weight of a wheelchair in tops you will earn a wheelchair for some needy child.
Sadly these pranksters play on our wish both to help others and recycle something which otherwise has to go into the bin – most councils that collect plastic bottles for recycling ask that you remove the lid.
So can you actually recycle these bottle tops and help charities? Yes!
If you do hear of any schemes for 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 more genuine charities who are collecting them, please let us know, so that we can pass the message on.
If you wish to collect milk bottle tops for recycling there are a couple of places that recycle them.
The first is GHS Recycling Ltd who are in Portsmouth. They have a minimum quantity which they will accept for payment, however they have told us that they are happy to accept small amounts of milk bottle tops on behalf of charities, which we will keep on file and they will inform groups every 2 months how their total is mounting up and send them a newsletter.
The second possibility is Green Ant Plastic Recycling will collect large quantities of plastic bottle tops - and I mean large - a minimum weight of around 3 tonnes or 3000 kgs.
However this is quite a commitment. Since one bottle top weighs 2g, I reckon that makes 1.5 million bottle tops) for which they will pay the market rate. So if you have room to store that sort of quantity of bottle tops, it might be an option.
Last Updated 12th February 2018
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