What happens next to waste and recycling

Ever wondered where the waste and recycling you throw away goes?

Below is what happens next 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 Biowise Ltd T/A Wastewise, Ryedale Farm, Melbourne, York YO42 4ST.

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 Ecoplastics, Hemswell Business Park, Hemswell, Lincolnshire DN21 5TU.

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 Lee & Mann Mills, Changus Economic Development Zone, Jiangsu, China.

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 Sonoco, Alcove’s Mill, Holywell Green, Near Halifax, HX4 9PY.

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 South Kirby Plant, 49 Lidgate Crescent, Langthwaite Grange, Kirby, WF9 3NR.

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.

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.

Aluminium cans go to Novelis Warrington, Thelwall Lane, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 1NN.

Steel cans go to Sims Recycling, Longhill Ind Est Hartlepool TS25 1NX.

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

Batteries

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.

Batteries got to G & P Batteries, Crescent Works Ind Estate, Willenhall Road, Wednesbury Ws10 8JR.

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.

The textiles collected through our kerbside scheme help disadvantaged people in the UK by providing clothes for those most in need.

Some of the textiles collected are also exported abroad, mainly to developing countries and Eastern Europe.

The second hand clothing trade supports thousands of livelihoods by providing jobs in trading, distribution, repairing and restyling. Many people in other countries are unable to afford new clothing and instead rely on the recycling schemes to provide affordable garments.

Mixed textiles and clothes go to Bag It Up, Unit 1, Calder Street, West Vale, Greetland, Halifax HX4 8AQ.

The electrical appliances pass through a hammer mill which smashes them up into small fragments. These fragments are passed along a conveyor where electro magnets are used to separate out the ferrous metals.

The remaining non-ferrous metals and non-metallic fragments then pass over a second magnet and onto an eddy current separator to remove the aluminium content and other metals. The non-metallic, mainly plastic fragments fall into a container where they are collected up and transported to a plastic recycling company for further processing.

At various stages on both the ferrous and non-ferrous conveyors, manual picking stations are used to separate out materials such as batteries and copper.

All the electrical items we collect are treated in facilities in the UK. Some of the recyclable materials recovered from these items are sent abroad to be made into new products. However, this is always closely regulated by the Environment Agency to ensure they are recycled in a safe and environmentally sound manner. Anything that requires disposal or incineration remains in the UK.

Small electricals go to EMR, Alexandra Dock, Liverpool L20 1BX.

General waste is sent to Transwaste, Melton Waste Park, Gibson Lane, North Ferriby, Hull HU14 3HH for energy recovery, such as refuse-derived fuel.

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 Ecoplastics, Hemswell Business Park, Hemswell, Lincolnshire DN21 5TU.

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 Lee & Mann Mills, Changus Economic Development Zone, Jiangsu, China.

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 Sonoco, Alcove’s Mill, Holywell Green, Near Halifax, HX4 9PY.

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 Novelis Warrington, Thelwall Lane, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 1NN.

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.

Aluminium cans go to Novelis Warrington, Thelwall Lane, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 1NN.

Steel cans go to Simms recycling, Longhill Ind Est, Hartlepool TS25 1NX.

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 Berrymans, South Kirby Plant, 49 Lidgate Crescent, Langthwaite Grange, Kirby, WF9 3NR.

  • Household plastic packaging
    • J & A Young Ltd, Unit 15, Saxon Way, East Corby, Northamptonshire NN18 9EX
  • Bicycles
    • Ongo/Crosby Employment Agency 1-3 Laneham Street, Scunthorpe DN15 6LJ & HM Prison – Hedon Road, Hull HU9 5LS
  • Carton
    • Sonoco, Alcove’s Mill, Holywell Green, Near Halifax, HX4 9PY
  • Cooking oil
    • Living fuels Freedom Farm, Cowles Drove, Hockwold, Thelford, Norfolk IP26 4JQ
  • Discs
    • British Heart Foundation shops
  • Mixed textiles and clothes
    • Bag it up, Unit 1 Calder Street, West Vale, Greetland, Halifax
  • Reuse items
    • PHASE 7 Brocklesby Crt, Scunthorpe DN17 2LE & Winterton Selling Centre
  • 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
  • Flourescent tubes
    • Mercury Recycling Ltd, Mercury House, 17 Commerce Way, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1HW
  • Fridges and freezers
    • Environcom, Spittlegate Level, Grantham, Lincolnshire
  • Large appliances
    • EMR Alexandra Dock, Liverpool L20 1BX
  • 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
    • Lee & Mann Mills, Changus Economic Development Zone, Jiangsu, China
  • Paper
    • Palm Recycling, Saddlebow Industrial Estate, Popular Ave, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 3AL
  • Mixed glass, bottles and jars
    • Berrymans, South Kirby Plant, 49 Lidgate Crescent, Langthwaite Grange, Kirby, WF9 3NR
  • Garden waste
    • Biowise Ltd T/A Wastewise Albion Lane, Willerby, Hull HU10 6TS
  • 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 & SUEZ  Uk, New Crosby Landfill, off Dawes Lane Scunthorpe DN15 6UD
  • Plasterboard
    • Down to Earth, Gainsthorpe Road, Kirton in Lindsey DN21 4JH
  • Soil
    • Bells Waste, Winterton Road, Scunthorpe DN15 0DH & SUEZ  Uk, New Crosby Landfill, off Dawes Lane Scunthorpe DN15 6UD
  • Wood and timber
    • Down to Earth, Gainsthorpe Road, Kirton in Lindsey DN21 4JH
  • Aluminium cans
    • Novelis Warrington, Thelwall Lane, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 1NN
  • Foil
    • Novelis Warrington, Thelwall Lane, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 1NN
  • Scrap metal
    • LAS Metals, Midland Road, Scunthorpe DN16 1DQ
  • Steel cans
    • Simms recycling, Longhill Ind Est, Hartlepool TS25 1NX
  • Car batteries
    • LAS Metals, Midland Road, Scunthorpe DN16 1DQ
  • Tyres
    • Envirotyre UK Ltd Reed Point, Sutterton, Boston PE20 2EP
  • Used engine oil
    • Hydrodec (UK) Ltd, Stockpit Road, Knowsley. Merseyside L33 7TQ
  • Asbestos
    • Viridor Erin Landfill, Markham Lane, Chesterfield S44 5HS
  • Gas bottles
    • Syneregy Recycling, Merton Far, Merton Lane, Canterbury Kent CT4 7BA & Gas Mariner GAS services, 20 Kendale Road, Scunthorpe DB16 1DT & Recovercyl, 1 Stanley Road, Bradford BD2 1AS
  • 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
    • Transwaste, Melton Waste Park, Gibson Lane, North Ferriby, Hull HU14 3HH

Confidential paper collection

Confidential waste goes to Shredall (East Midlands) Ltd, Joy House, Park Road, Bestwood Business Park, Park Road, Bestwood Village, Notts NG6 8TW.

Clinical waste collections

Incineration – Veolia Tyseley, James Road, Tyseley, Birmingham, West Midland
Landfill – FCC Wellbeck Landfill Site, Boundary Lane, Normanton, Wakefield

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