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What happens next to waste and recycling

Find out what happens to your waste and recycling.

Recycling and end destinations

Garden waste

  1. Garden waste is shredded, mixed and placed into windrows along a non-permeable surface.
  2. The windrows are turned on a regular basis to improve oxygen content, distribute heat to regulate the temperature and to distribute moisture.
  3. The composting process takes around 16 weeks to complete, depending on maturity requirements.
  4. The last part of the process involves screening the compost to remove contaminants such as plastics and metals, and to grade the compost for various end uses.
  5. Oversized materials are also removed and can be put back through the whole process until they have composted down sufficiently.

Garden waste goes to the two following locations:

  • Down To Earth, Old Cement Works, Gainsthorpe Road East, Kirton In Lindsey, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
  • Brier Hills Recycling, Brier Hills Farm, Sandtoft Road, Hatfield, DN7 6HA

The contents of the bin are sorted and separated into the individual waste streams as below.

Plastics

Plastics are sorted by colour and type, and contaminants like labels are removed. The plastic is granulated, heated and moulded into another product. The different types of plastics recycled in North Lincolnshire can return as fizzy drink, shampoo or detergent bottles, carpet fibres, drain pipes, clothing, fleece jackets, traffic cones and recycling boxes. Black plastic can no longer be placed in the burgundy bin as it cannot currently be recycled.

Household plastic packaging goes to J&B Recycling, Windermere Road, MRF Hartlepool, TS25 1NS

Cardboard

In a similar way to the newspaper process, cardboard is mixed with water (pulped) and contaminants are removed. It is pressed into sheets and dried and recycled into new boxes, packaging or insulation.

Cardboard goes to J&B Recycling, Windermere Road, MRF Hartlepool, TS25 1NS

Cartons

Cartons are fed into a pulper containing water, 20 minutes later the fibres have separated from the polymers and aluminium (polyAl). The pulped cartons have now created a fibre soup.

This fibre soup is pumped into a storage tank ready to be made into core board which can then make tubes and cores. The polyAl is pumped into a separate area for further washing which is then baled ready for recycling and reuse.

Cartons are sent to J&B Recycling, Windermere Road, MRF Hartlepool, TS25 1NS

Glass

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.

Mixed glass, bottles and jars go to Sibelco Green Solutions UK Limited, Salmon Pastures Waste Transfer Station, Attercliffe Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S4 7WT

Aluminium cans

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.

Aluminium cans go to Tandom Metallurgical Group Limited, Third Avenue, Radnor Park Industrial Estate, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4XE

Steel cans, tin cans and aerosols

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.

Steel cans go to:

  • Humberside Reclamation Limited, Lockwood Street, Hull, HU2 0HJ
  • Morris & Co (Handlers) Limited, J3 Business Park, Carr Hill, Doncaster, DN4 8DE
  • Morris & Co (Handlers) Limited, Bankwood Lane, New Rossington, Doncaster, DN11 0PS
  • Ronald Hull Jnr Ltd, Mangham Works, Rotherham, S62 6EF
  • Ward Recycling Ltd, Land at Grifton Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE11 8DG

Paper is mixed with warm water and chemicals to turn it into pulp. Ink and materials such as paper clips are removed from the pulp. The paper is pressed to remove water and to form a strong interlocked mat.  It is then ironed out through big tubes and wound into large rolls.

The rolls of recycled paper are cut and wrapped before being cut into size. Paper from your blue box is turned back into new newspapers in just seven days from collection.

Paper goes to Palm Recycling, Saddlebow Industrial Estate, Popular Ave, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 3AL.

General waste is sent to NEWLINCS Integrated Waste Management Facility, South Marsh Road, Stallingborough, NE Lincs, DN41 8BZ or Transwaste, Gibson Lane, Melton, HU14 3HH.

Materials in the red lidded bin are sorted and then separated into the individual waste streams below.

Plastics

Plastics are sorted by colour and type, and contaminants like labels are removed. The plastic is granulated, heated and moulded into another product. The different types of plastics recycled in North Lincolnshire can return as fizzy drink, shampoo or detergent bottles, carpet fibres, drain pipes, clothing, fleece jackets, traffic cones and recycling boxes.

Plastics go to J&B Recycling, Windermere Road, MRF Hartlepool, TS25 1NS.

Cardboard

In a similar way to the newspaper process, cardboard is mixed with water (pulped) and contaminants are removed. It is pressed into sheets and dried and recycled into new boxes, packaging or insulation.

Cardboard goes to J&B Recycling, Windermere Road, MRF Hartlepool, TS25 1NS.

Cartons

Cartons are fed into a pulper containing water, 20 minutes later the fibres have separated from the polymers and aluminium (polyAl). The pulped cartons have now created a fibre soup.

This soup is pumped into a storage tank ready to be made into core board which can then make tubes and cores. The polyAl is pumped into a separate area for further washing which is then baled ready for recycling and reuse.

Cartons go to J&B Recycling, Windermere Road, MRF Hartlepool, TS25 1NS

Aluminium cans

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.

Aluminium cans got to J&B Recycling, Windermere Road, MRF Hartlepool, TS25 1NS

Steel, tin cans and aerosols

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.

Steel Cans

Steel cans go to J&B Recycling, Windermere Road, MRF Hartlepool, TS25 1NS

Foil goes to Novelis Warrington, Thelwall Lane, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 1NN.

Paper

Paper is mixed with warm water and chemicals to turn it into pulp. Ink and materials such as paper clips are removed from the pulp. The paper is pressed to remove water and to form a strong interlocked mat.  It is then ironed out through big tubes and wound into large rolls.

The rolls of recycled paper are cut and wrapped before being cut into size. Paper from your blue box is turned back into new newspapers in just seven days from collection.

Paper goes to Palm Recycling, Saddlebow Industrial Estate, Popular Ave, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 3AL.

Glass

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.

Mixed glass bottles and jars go to Sibelco Green Solutions UK Limited, Salmon Pastures Waste Transfer Station, Attercliffe Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S4 7WT

  • Household plastic packaging
  • Bicycles
    • Ongo/Crosby Employment Agency 1-3 Laneham Street, Scunthorpe DN15 6LJ & HM Prison – Hedon Road, Hull HU9 5LS
  • Carton
  • Cooking oil
    • Freedom Farm, Cowles Drove, Hockwold, Thetford, Norfolk, IP26 4JQ
  • Discs
    • British Heart Foundation shops
  • Mixed textiles and clothes
    • JMP Wilcox & Co Ltd, Beldray Road, Bilston, WV14 7NH
  • Reuse items
    • Lindsey Lodge Hospice, 14 Colltex, Colne Valley Business Park, Linthwaite, Huddersfield. HD7 5QG WF4 5ER
    • British Heart Foundation, Eater London House, 180 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 7AW
    • Oxfam Waste Saver, Unit 4,5 and 6 Ringway Industrial Centre, Beck Road, Huddersfield, HD1 5DG
  • Spectacles
    • Vison Aid 12 The Bell Centre, Newton Road, Crawley, West Sussex
  • Batteries
    • G & P Batteries Ltd, Crescent Works Industrial Park, Willenhall Road, Wednesbury WS10 8JR
  • Fluorescent tubes
    • Mercury Recycling Ltd, Mercury House, 17 Commerce Way, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1HW
  • Fridges and freezers
    • SIMS Group UK Ltd, Newport Fridge Plant, North Side, Alexandra Dock, Newport, Gwent, NP20 2WE
  • Large appliances
    • Sims Group UK Ltd (Nottingham) Harrimans Lane, Dunkirk, Nottingham
  • Low energy bulbs
    • Mercury Recycling Ltd, Mercury House, 17 Commerce Way, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1HW
  • Printer cartridges
    • Britaniacrest Recycling Ltd, 24-26 Reigate Road, Hookwood, Horley, Surrey RH6 0HJ
  • Small appliances
    • EMR Alexandra Dock, Liverpool L20 1BX
  • TVs and monitors
    • Electrical Waste Recycling Group Ltd, School Lane, Kirkheaton, Huddersfield HD5 0JS
  • Cardboard
    • Ellgia, Pit Bottom, Winterton Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 0DH
  • Paper
    • Palm Recycling, Saddlebow Industrial Estate, Popular Ave, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 3AL
  • Mixed glass, bottles and jars
    • Sibelco Green Solutions UK Limited, Salmon Pastures Waste Transfer Station, Attercliffe Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S4 7WT
  • Garden waste
    • Down To Earth, Old Cement Works, Gainsthorpe Road East, Kirton In Lindsey, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
  • Hand tools
    • TWAM 2 Bailey Close, Hadleigh Road Ind Est, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 0UD & HM Prison, Hedon Road, Hull HU9 5LS
  • Hardcore and rubble
    • Bells Waste, Winterton Road, Scunthorpe DN15 0DH
  • Plasterboard
    • Down to Earth, Gainsthorpe Road, Kirton in Lindsey DN21 4JH
  • Soil
    • Bells Waste, Winterton Road, Scunthorpe DN15 0DH
  • Wood and timber
    • Down to Earth, Gainsthorpe Road, Kirton in Lindsey DN21 4JH
    • Plevins, Cheshire Street, Mossley, Lancashire OL5 9NG
  • Aluminium cans
    • Tandom Metallurgical Group Limited, Third Avenue, Radnor Park Industrial Estate, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4XE
  • Foil
    • Novelis Warrington, Thelwall Lane, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 1NN
  • Scrap metal
    • LAS Metals, Midland Road, Scunthorpe DN16 1DQ
  • Steel cans
    • Humberside Reclamation Limited, Lockwood Street, Hull, HU2 0HJ
    • Morris & Co (Handlers) Limited, J3 Business Park, Carr Hill, Doncaster, DN4 8DE
    • Morris & Co (Handlers) Limited, Bankwood Lane, New Rossington, Doncaster, DN11 0PS
    • Ronald Hull Jnr Ltd, Mangham Works, Rotherham, S62 6EF
    • Ward Recycling Ltd, Land at Grifton Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE11 8DG
  • Car batteries
    • LAS Metals, Midland Road, Scunthorpe DN16 1DQ
  • Tyres
    • Envirotyre UK Ltd Reed Point, Sutterton, Boston PE20 2EP
  • Used engine oil
    • LWOL Limited, Unit 6A, Whisby Way Ind Est, Whisby Road, Lincoln, LN6 3LQ
  • Asbestos
    • Viridor Erin Landfill, Markham Lane, Chesterfield S44 5HS
  • Gas bottles
    • Recovercyl, 1 Stanley Road, Bradford, BD2 1AS
    • LAS Metals, Midland Road, Scunthorpe, DN16 1DQ
    • Gas Mariner GAS services, 20 Kendale Road, off Grange Lane North, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN16 1DT
  • Household and garden chemicals
    • Envirosol Limited, Coppice Ind Est, Colliee Close, Brownhills, West Midlands WS8 7EU

General and bagged waste

  • General waste sent for energy recovery
    • NEWLINCS Integrated Waste Management Facility. South Marsh Road, Stallingborough, NE Lincs, DN41 8BZ

Confidential paper collection

Confidential waste goes to Restore Datashred, Unit 1, Data Drive, South Kirkby Business Park, Pontefract, WF9 3FD.

Clinical waste collections

  • SRCL, Knostrop Treatment Works, Knowsthorpe Lane, Leeds, Yorkshire
  • Veolia, Tyseley Waste Disposal Ltd, James Road, Tyseley, Birmingham, West Midlands