Milk Bottle



Plastic is a petroleum-based product and does not biodegrade easily. Mining for the oil to make plastic is harmful to the environment.


Milk containers are commonly made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

Information varies on how long it takes for a plastic bottle to start to decompose: starting at 450 years on up to 1000 years to fully decompose.

In 2018 New Zealand recycled 23,000 tonnes of plastic milk bottles!

This article from the Sustainable Business Network may provide a great recycling solution for plastic milk bottles.


Reduce the need to buy milk in plastic bottles by buying fresh farm milk. Purchase reusable glass milk bottles instead.

Purchase milk powder.



Check online for creative reuses for plastic milk bottles, e.g. ladles, planters, bird feeders, storage pots, mini green-houses.


Rinse milk bottles, flatten and replace caps before recycling at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre.

Where do all the plastic milk bottles go?


Please keep from landfill.