Recyclability is a key priority for Purifas®, particularly as medical waste is posing a growing problem worldwide.

Not only are our BodyShield, FaceShield and PillowGuard Recyclable made from polypropylene (PP), all seams on these products are stitched using thermal staking, which means they’re 100% recyclable.

Also known as polypropene, PP is one of the most commonly used thermoplastics in the world and is used for a wide range of things, such as plastic packaging, plastic parts for machinery and equipment, and even fibres and textiles.

It’s the ideal polymer for our medical hygiene products owing to its waterproof properties, its flexible strength, and its resistance to bacteria and chemical corrosion.

The majority of recycling undertaken in the UK is carried out by local councils (although commercial and industrial waste is chiefly processed by private companies). Each local council chooses what to collect for recycling and this is often dependent on the capability of nearby recycling facilities.

With that in mind, it’s hard for us here at Purifas to advise you exactly on how to recycle our products, however, if your local authority mentions items such as packing tape, plastic straws, take away tubs, ketchup bottles or plastic picnic ware, then you can include our consumable products.

To ensure you comply with your local council’s recycling policy, please speak directly with your local council or waste contractor. Alternatively, visit your local council’s website to find out what services they offer — find your local council’s website.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Waste and Resource Action Program (WRAP)

Based in the UK, WRAP is one of the globe's leading sustainability charities working with businesses, governments, citizens and other charities worldwide to make the planet a healthier, safer place — reducing waste, promoting sustainability and sharing knowledge to change the planet for the better.

WRAP — England

WRAP — Wales 

WRAP — Northern Ireland 

Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focussing on where they can make the greatest impact on climate change. Using evidence and insight, their goal is to inform policy, and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic and social benefits of a circular economy. They are is a not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund.

Zero Waste Scotland created the Recycling Sorter —a digital tool that allows you to find out what items can be recycled in any Scottish local authority, in a few simple steps. It also tells you which colour of bin you should put different items into for recycling.

British Plastics Federation (BPF)

Established in 1933, the BPF is the world's longest running plastics trade association representing the UK plastics industry. They have some great information on plastics recycling.