Labels, metals and other contamination are removed. The glass is crushed into small pieces to form cullet which is mixed with sand, soda ash and limestone. This is put into a furnace and melted at 1,500 degrees centigrade. The hot glass can then be shaped into moulds and cooled.
Products include new bottles and jars, tiles, jewellery and fibreglass insulation.
Cans are flattened and shredded into small pieces. Hot air removes any decoration and the shreds are melted in a furnace. The molten metal flows into moulds to form ingots.
Products include new cans, window frames, foil or car parts.
Cans, tins and aerosols are melted down in a furnace with other grades of scrap metal and liquid iron and turned into new steel.
Products include new cans, car parts, bicycles and paper clips.
Batteries contain various chemicals and work in different ways which means they all have different recycling routes.
Nickel is common which is recovered and reused in industrial applications. The silver often found in watch batteries is used in the photographic and electronics industry and cadmium is used to make new batteries.
Any metal is recovered and reused in industrial applications.