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Plastic Milk Bottle Tops?

Where Can I Recycle......Plastic Milk Bottle Tops?

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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!

Charities which are collecting Plastic Milk Bottle tops

  • New Forest Mencap are collecting bottle tops.These must be sent direct to Associated Polymer Resources (APR), Wrens Farm, Castle Lane, North Badesley, Southampton, SO52 9LY. State the charity to which you are donating.
  • St. Pauls Church Chichester collect milk bottle tops, and proceeds are donated to Chestnut Tree House, which is the only children’s hospice in Sussex. Your tops should be taken top the church and deposited in the bins in the car park.
  • The Matthew Project a charity based throughout Norfolk and Suffolk collect all sorts of lids including plastic milk bottle tops. They ask that you collect them inside a clean milk bottle.
  • Sussex Green Living collect bottle tops for recycling and have collection points at various locations in Sussex.

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.

Start Your Own Collection

If you wish to collect Bottle Tops for recycling there is a company that recycles them, 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. To find out more visit

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. 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 a possibility.

Where Can I Recycle Plastic Milk Bottle Tops?

About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of Reduce Reuse Recycle.

Last Updated 11th January 2017

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