All our recycling goes to a Materials Recovery Facility in Warwickshire where it’s sorted by hand and machine and baled into respective waste streams for processing. All non-recyclable items that are in the blue bins generally are pulled out of the system and sent to an energy from waste plant where they are turned into electricity.
Mixed paper is sent to Deeside for expert grading so the paper can be baled according to quality. These bales are sent to paper mills in Manchester, the Netherlands or Germany where the used paper is turned into a fibre pulp, ready for new products.
Cardboard is mainly sent to reprocessing plants in Indonesia as that’s where the global demand for used cardboard packaging is strongest. It’s shipped on relatively empty cargo container ships making the return journey to South East Asia.
Glass is taken to one of the big reprocessors either in the Midlands or the North of England where its washed, sorted into colours and either goes on to make new bottles and jars, glass wool insulation for homes or aggregate for the construction industry.
Metal - our steel is sent to Port Talbot and Doncaster for reprocessing and ends up as parts for all sorts of new products such as: bikes, cars, bridges, paperclips, or even new food and drinks cans while all our aluminium is sent to Warrington and reprocessed into more cans.
Plastic is reprocessed in Greater Manchester before being sent to a range of reprocessors in the UK or EU to be made into plastic flake for making into new plastic packaging, plastic sheet or pipes.
We no longer send any waste to landfill but all our general waste is recovered by sending it to an energy from waste plant at Bicester where it’s incinerated and turned into electricity.
For more information see our recycling guide.