What happens to your recycling
We make sure that all your recycling is sent to be reused or recycled into new products.
The garden waste we collect is taken to Hills Waste Solutions in Purton. The garden waste is composted and used as a soil improver on farmland, to help grow new crops.
Food waste is taken to Andigestion’s anaerobic digestion plant in Gloucestershire where it is treated. At the plant any caddy liners will be removed. The food waste is mixed and pulped to create a thick liquid which is then pasteurised to kill any harmful bacteria.
As the food waste breaks down it produces biogas (a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide) which is extracted and fed back to the grid. Once the gas has been removed a liquid food fertiliser (known as ‘digestate’) remains which can be used on local farmland. Digestate is high in valuable nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and other elements required for healthy plant growth and fertile soil.
Paper and cardboard
Paper and cardboard are first processed at JM Freeths, Thamesdown Recycling depot at Cricklade.
Paper is then transported to Palm Paper in Norfolk where it is then processed.
Cardboard is sent on to Eska in the Netherlands to be made into various paper products.
Glass bottles and jars
Aluminium cans are sent to Novelis in Warrington where they are melted down to make new ingots, before being rolled into aluminium sheet to be made into new aluminium cans.
Steel cans are sent to Tata Steel in Port Talbot, South Wales to be processed and made into new ingots from which new steel products can be made.
Plastic bottles and some mixed plastics (such as tubs, pots and trays) are transported to Clean Tech in Hemswell, Gainsborough where the material is optically sorted into separate grades.
Mixed plastics are turned into pellets which are then used in the plastic manufacturing industry. Milk containers are made back into new milk containers.
Brown and black mixed plastics are transported to the Netherlands to Morssinkhof Plastics Heerenveen B.V where they will be shredded, flaked and turned into pellets to go on to manufacture future plastic items.
Textiles go to to A-Tex's (formerly Soex) processing plant in Germany. Here the materials are sorted into up to 420 different grades.
Clothing that can be worn again is then exported. Textiles beyond re-wear grade are sent to the rag industry while some materials are recycled into raw materials and fibres.
Cartons, such as Tetra Pak, are recycled in the UK by Sonoco.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) will go either to Sims Metal Management in Bristol or occasionally Smethwick. The material is bulked up for onward shipment to Nottingham where it is pre-sorted over a picking line to remove hazardous components such as batteries and toner cartridges. Material is then shredded and the ferrous material removed.
The shredded material is then run to Long Marston (Stratford on Avon) for recovery of non-ferrous metals and further separation of plastics, wire and circuit boards.
Ferrous and non-ferrous metals are exported globally with wire and circuit boards exported for smelting to Canada or Japan.
Batteries are taken to Wastepak, Stansted and then sent to Ecobat, Darlaston who inspect and sort the batteries by type. They are then sent to approved recycling sites across Europe to get recycled.
We report on the weight (in tonnes) of the material it collects and the destination of where the recycling is taken to central Government on a quarterly basis. This information is available to the public at: www.wastedataflow.org.
The material is tracked and we do regular audits to make sure that it is all being recycled.
Please note that while we do our best to keep this information up to date, end destinations for some materials can change in response to market demands.