The next time you use a plastic product, flip it over and check the bottom for the all important number.

Many plastics aren’t recycled simply because they aren’t easily recyclable and in order for plastics to be transformed into recycled goods, they must be of decent quality.

Some plastics cannot be recycled in your council area

Thermoset plastics contain polymers that form irreversible chemical bonds and cannot be recycled no matter how much heat you apply and hence, are non-recyclable. Whereas thermoplastics can be re-melted and re-molded and therefore, recycled.