Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Post-consumer waste, or PCW, is material that has served its intended purpose as a consumer item, and has then been separated from other material, which is to be disposed of. Post-consumer waste has completed its life cycle as a consumer item and can now be recycled and reused.

Benefits of PolyPCW

Performance Maintained

PolyPWC films retain durability, strength and functionality for demanding industrial uses.


PolyPWC contains 15-50% post-consumer recycled content, reducing environmental impact.

Tax Incentivized

Using PolyPWC can help businesses comply with upcoming plastic packaging taxes for recycled content

Advanced Processing

PolyPWC uses multi-stage sorting and purification for consistent quality recycled batches.

Polyair Technologies & Specifications

Sourced from post-use waste streams including municipal, commercial, and industrial.

Post-Consumer Recycled

Can utilize a mix of PEHD, LDPE, transparent, coloured raw material, etc. based on application

Blended Material Streams

Samples from each recycled batch tested to ensure uniform thickness, clarity, strength

Lab Tested

Next day delivery on stock items within the UK when you place your order before 2pm (excludes some parts of Scotland and Ireland).

How we Create PolyPCW

Polythene UK have been working closely with Oxfordshire County Council to review possible ways of collecting household polythene. 

After positive conversations with both the Council, and the local recycling centre, Dix Pit, it was decided that Polythene UK would provide a bin to collect the polythene. Since early March, each week the bin has been full to the brim and taken back to Polythene UK to recycle. At the end of March, a review meeting took place, all parties unanimously decided the pilot should be extended to include further centres. 

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How it works

Once we receive the waste material there are 4 possible sorting methods:

• Optical sorting 

• Ballistic sorting 

• Densitometric sorting 

• Infrared sorting.

• The more refined the sorting method, the more raw material is considered clean (free of all interfering substances: PES, PP, PVC, paper, etc.) and therefore good. 

• Depending on the quality of the material we receive, we can choose a number of sorting methods in order to purify the final mixture. 

• The ‘clean’ waste is then crushed, washed and transformed into granules. • The recycled PCW can then be put into the middle layer of a 3 or 5 layer co-extruded film, which is then turned into a polythene bag or film.

Frequently Asked Questions

At Budget 2018, the government announced that from April 2022 it would introduce a new tax on the production and import of plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content.

Although details of the tax have yet to be confirmed; the tax will be set at a rate that provides a clear economic incentive for businesses to use recycled material in the production of plastic packaging.

Thanks to the efforts of Polythene UK and the combined collaboration of various sectors, we can now produce films and tubes suitable for the industrial sector that are made from after-use recycled material.

This has required a complete and modelled integration from the waste collection to its conversion into a new product. But why did we integrate ourselves? In order to have the control of our waste and to give security to our customers in the supply’s sustainability and in the batch’s reliability and traceability.

Polythene UK work with the most sophisticated PCW sorting plant in Europe and currently process 20,000 tonnes of PCW plastic a year. Using the latest washing and optical sorting technology they can produce better quality regenerated polymer.

  • Ensures high quality and consistent recycled plastic material
  • Provides a controlled supply source of regenerated raw material
  • Allows full traceability back to the sorting facility
  • Has less environmental impact than using 100% new plastic

Polythene UK uses PCW from domestic, agricultural, and industrial sources. This can include both transparent and colored plastics. Different mixtures are made with various types of polyethylene plastic, tailored to customer requirements. Products range from low, mid to high quality PCW content.

Yes, we offer free sample products featuring its post-consumer recycled polythene upon request. Minimum order quantities apply. Contact Polythene UK to request samples or get a quote.

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