Our plastic rubbish bins are manufactured from a specially developed hard-wearing material that brings a wealth of benefits to each and every container we sell.
So, what is this impressive material? It’s commonly known as HDPE and we’ll take a closer look at it in this article, alongside the benefits it brings to our range of bins.
HDPE stands for high-density polyethylene, which is a type two plastic in the plastic resin code list.
HDPE is a thermoplastic polymer produced from petroleum and is made by the addition or radical polymerisation of ethylene (olefin) monomers.
The polymers in HDPE are longer than other plastics and virtually unbranched, meaning they are dense, thick and strong.
Thanks to its robust nature, HDPE is used to make a wide range of products alongside plastic bins with wheels — including, but not limited to:
We chose HDPE for our plastic recycling bin range because, not only is it robust, but it is:
Interestingly, HPDE becomes stronger when it is coloured, which explains why our coloured plastic waste bins are so reliable.
As HDPE is produced from petroleum, you may be wondering about the environmental impact of our plastic rubbish bins.
While the manufacturing of the bins produces a certain amount of air pollution, this is balanced out by the fact that they last an incredibly long time.
Even when they eventually break, they can be fixed using bin spares and accessories.
For example, if your bin lock breaks, you can replace it. If a bin wheel is broken, you can simply remove it and pop another one on.
When a bin finally comes to the end of its life, don’t worry — it can be recycled.
Unfortunately, the recycling rates for HDPE plastic products are currently very low, so please do send your bin for recycling when you are done with it.
Alternatively, you could upcycle your bin first, giving it many more years of life. If you can’t think of any use for it, advertise it online for free or ask friends and family if they might have a use for it.
Often, old bins are handy for garden storage purposes, such as for tools or pet food.
We also sell metal wheelie bins and you can read about the myriad benefits of metal bins, here.
However, as a quick summary, our metal bins cost more to purchase but are incredibly hard-wearing, narrower than plastic bins, and last a lifetime.
If you’re not sure which bin type to purchase, get in touch today — we know our products inside and out and are always happy to help.