Milk Bottles

Where can I recycle?

Plastic milk bottles are widely recycled – check the postcode locator below to see if you can recycle them at home or ask your council. If your milk is delivered in glass bottles though, you should always return them to your milkman.

Glass milk bottles

  • Don’t put milk bottles into a bottle bank or in with your other glass recycling;
  • Rinse and return them to your milkman.

Plastic milk containers

These are generally made from a type of plastic called high-density polyethene (HDPE) and are widely recycled.

  • Most councils will accept these (and other plastic bottles) as part of your household recycling collection;
  • If your council does not collect plastic bottles as part of your household recycling service, you should still be able to recycle them at your local household waste and recycling centre.

You can find out how plastic bottles are recycled in this short animation: