Hot water bottles are recyclable but have to be treated differently according to the different types of hot water bottles. All parts including the hot water bottle cover can be recycled. The main ways to recycle your hot water bottle is as follows:
Recycling PVC hot water bottle
PVC hot water bottles are treated as plastic that can be recycled. The UK uses 275,000 tons of plastic each year with about 40kg per family thrown away each year. By taking your old hot water bottle to the recycle depot it can be recycled and end up as a new fleece jacket! Plastic has so many uses that it is growing in volume use by 4% each year. All our PVC hot water bottles can be safely recycled and help reduce land fills. Special machinery can chew up the PVC into granules that can be reheated to produce other PVC products.
Recycling rubber hot water bottle
Rubber hot water bottles are also just as easy to recycle as a PVC bottle. First remove the brass screw thread that holds the stopper in place, this can be placed into the metal recycling container. Next place the old rubber hot water bottle into the rubber recycling bin. These are reused to make children play mats, tyres and all sorts of rubber flooring. Rubber is a valuable commodity that is getting more and more expensive to produce. By recycling your old rubber hot water bottle you not only help reduce landfills but save costs on the supply of latex imported into the UK.
Recycling hot water bottle cover
Most hot water bottle covers are either made of fleece, wool, padded or cotton mix. With so many textile banks now sited in major shopping centres it makes recycling hot water bottle covers very easy. The local recycling depot will also have a special textile skip or bank to put your old hot water bottle cover into. It goes without saying to always take the bottle out first to dispose in the correct recycling container.
Use of packaging in our hot water bottles
Excessive use of packing can be harmful to the environment and builds up the need for more land fill sites. In an effort to reduce our hot water bottle packaging they are dispatched with minimum packaging and enough to arrive safely without damaging the hot water bottle inside. Thankfully a rubber or PVC hot water bottle will not suffer breakage in transit and very safe to ship without excessive packaging All labels and information supplied with be fully recyclable but please bear in mind that some safety information and microwavable instructions should be retained for future reference.
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