Recycling makes sense - both for our future and our wallets. Our Recycle more... action plan is packed with actions to help us to increase our recycling rate to 50 percent by 2023.

Your recycling efforts also help to keep your council tax down by generating between £500,000 - £1 million a year which is re-invested into council services.

But it also means we're cutting the amount we send to landfill or incineration each year. Using recycled materials to create new products saves energy and the need to dig up more precious natural resources.

We go out to the market place every two months with our recycling, ensuring we achieve the best prices. On this page you can find out what we currently do with your recycling after we've collected it.

What happens after we collect your recycling?

Take a look at the video below to find out what happens to your recycling after we collect it from your house!

After transporting it to our depot, further separating and baling the recycling, we sell each type of recycling to different re-processing companies...

Plastic

Your plastic is recycled right here in the UK! Plastic from your red box is collected from our depot by Cello Recycling Ltd and transported to a plastics recycling facility in the Greater Manchester area.

Here the plastic is washed, sorted into different plastic types, shredded, and then melted into pellets. The pellets can then be used to make lots of different plastic items.

Here’s what your plastic is recycled into:

• PET bottles (drinks bottles) are processed into plastic flakes and sheet, ready to be made into containers, trays and bottles for the food and beverage packaging industry.

• HDPE bottles (milk jugs and cleaning bottles) are processed into plastic pellets. The pellets are used to manufacture garden products, pipes, and packaging in a range of industries in the UK and Europe.

• PP pots, tubs and trays are also processed into plastic pellets. The pellets are used to manufacture non-food packaging and paint pots.

• Any 2nd Fraction Paper/Film is sent to a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) facility where it is processed and then transported to energy from waste plants and cement kilns in the UK and Europe.

Check which types of plastic you can recycle

Aluminium

Aluminium cans, aerosol and foil from your red box are brought to our recycling depot to be baled. The aluminium bales are then collected by Biffa and taken to a Material Recovery Facility in Swansea before being sent to Swindon where the bales are broken down into 60 kg bricks.

The aluminium bricks are then shipped to Dresen in Germany where they are melted and rolled into sheets, ready to be manufactured into items like drinks cans and road signs.

Did you know, recycling just one aluminium drinks can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours? So recycling your aluminium cans is worth the effort!

Check which aluminium items you can recycle

Glass

Glass is processed by Sibelco. It is transported to their glass recycling facility in Sheffield where it is sorted by colour, ready to be processed into glass cullet (crushed glass). The cullet is remelted back into container glass for use in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries within the UK.

Glass is recyclable pretty much forever – throwing it away really is a waste! Check which glass items you can recycle

Steel

Steel cans and tins from your red box are baled at our recycling depot and collected by Clearpoint Recycling. They send the bales to be processed by Sims Metal in Smethwick where they re-bale the steel cans into mill grade bales.

This means they are ready to be processed into new steel products by TATA Steel, British Steel, Liberty and Celsa, for use in the construction, automotive and aerospace industries. No steel is exported outside the UK.

Check which steel items you can recycle

Cardboard

We sell cardboard to Baker’s Waste who take it to their facility in Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire. At the facility, the cardboard is baled ready for transportation to various recycling mills in the UK and abroad. At the mills, the cardboard is re-pulped, screened and cleaned, the fibres are then pressed and rolled into paper.

Check how to recycle cardboard in the yellow bag

Paper

We sell our paper to Palm Recycling who transport it to their paper mill based in King’s Lynn. Here the paper goes through a pulping process and any contaminants such as staples are removed and sent to an incinerator in Norfolk. After the pulping process, the pulp is used to manufacture newsprint in the UK.

Check how to recycle paper in the blue bag

Textiles

Find out how to recycle old clothes, shoes, accessories and bags - and what happens to them.

Garden waste

We deliver your garden waste directly to an open windrow composting facility in Lount, near to Ashby operated by SUEZ. The garden waste is shredded and placed into windrows (long heaped rows) which are turned on a regular basis over a 14 week period after which it has matured into a PAS 100 compost. PAS 100 is a standard for composting recognised in the organics recycling sector. The compost is used on agricultural land.

Last updated: Fri 2 February, 2024 @ 15:04