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 landfill every 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...
All our plastics are 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 items from plastic.
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.
Aluminium cans, aerosol and foil from your red box are brought to our recycling depot and later collected by Real Alloy who take it to their facility Swansea for further reprocessing.
Your aluminium waste is converted into aluminium alloy ingots which are then sold within the UK and across the European Union for use in the automotive, construction and packaging sectors.
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!
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
Once the steel has been baled at our recycling depot, it is sold to Cello Recycling Ltd and sent to a facility in Scunthorpe where the steel is fragmentised into ‘billets’.
The steel billets are then smelted down at a different facility in Scunthorpe and rolled, ready to be made into lots of different products for use in the construction, automotive, packaging and aerospace industries.
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 abroad. At the mills, the cardboard is re-pulped, screened and cleaned, the fibres are then pressed and rolled into 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.
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: Tue 7 February, 2023 @ 17:07