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What happens to our waste?

Find out where all your recycling goes and what happens to it after collection.

After kerbside recycling is collected it is taken to be sorted and bulked up at one of four transfer stations across the county:

  • Hurn materials recycling facility, Christchurch
  • Hybris Business Park, Crossways
  • Blandford waste transfer station
  • Sherborne waste transfer station

Where Dorset's materials go to be recycled

The table below shows where different recyclable materials collected at the kerbside are sent:

Materials

Where it goes

What happens to it

Glass (opens in a new window)RecrescoSorted by colour and washed to remove any impurities. Crushed and melted, then moulded into new products such as bottles and jars.

Newspapers and pamphlets (opens in a new window)

UPM Shotton, North Wales

Newspaper and paper

Mixed paper and cardboard (opens in a new window)

Saica, IFP Forest & Paper, Parenco

Recycled and turned into new paper and packaging material such as cardboard boxes

Plastic bottles (opens in a new window)

Recycling UK, J&A Young, Viridor, Centriforce, PPS, Newport CH, Materials Recovery, IFP, Newport Paper

Processed and remoulded into new plastic products or made into fuel to create energy

Aluminium cans (opens in a new window)

Novelis

Smelted back into raw aluminium

Steel cans (opens in a new window)

Newport Paper

Smelted back into raw steel

Food waste (opens in a new window)

Eco Sustainable Solutions, Dorset

Anaerobic digester, Piddlehinton, West Dorset where food waste is used to create soil improver, compost and a renewable energy source.

Garden waste (opens in a new window)

Eco Sustainable Solutions, Parley, East Dorset

Mark Farwell On-Farm Composting, Stourpaine, North Dorset

Composted and used in horticulture

Unsorted materialsUPM Materials Recovery Facility, North WalesMaterials are separated using a wide variety of sorting and screen technology and then sold to a variety of outlets

What happens to items collected from household recycling centres and mini recycling banks?

Many items that cannot go in with kerbside collection can still be recycled; they just need to be taken to a household recycling centre (HRC) or mini-recycling centre.

Where materials collected at HRCs and mini recycling centres go:

Materials

Where it goes

What happens to it

Batteries

Collected by Abby Metals Ltd then it is taken by S Norton and Co. in Liverpool and then sent to Varta Batteries, Belgium

Batteries are reprocessed and turned into new batteries

Cardboard

St Regis paper Ltd, Kent,

Cardboard from HRC's in Dorset is recycled used to make packaging

Clothing and textiles

Transported by Wilcox Ltd to Wolverhampton sorted and split for recycling and reuse.

Textiles are graded; 10 per cent cannot be exported due to style or weight, these items are recycled and are then used to make industrial cleaning cloths and felt for cars.

The other 90 per cent is sent overseas for reuse in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Electrical appliances

Abbey Metals, Dorset, Bournemouth Autos, Bournemouth and SWEEP, Kent

The appliances are crushed and sorted using magnets and hand sorting. Plastics, metals and glass are separated for recycling.

Fluorescent lighting

Footprintmatters 2u Newport and Cambridge

The mercury is used for lab and industrial uses.

The phosphorus is used as a fertiliser and cattle feed.

The aluminium goes back to the metal market.

And the glass is made into new light tubes

Fridges and freezers

EMR Ltd., London

Metal and plastics are removed for recycling, CFC gases are incinerated and CFC free foam (degassed) is land-filled.

Garden waste (opens in a new window)

ECO Sustainable Solutions Ltd, Hurn, Weymouth and Stourpaine

Made into a nutrient rich compost and soil improver

Glass (opens in a new window)

Brown and clear glass are recycled by Recresco

Green glass is exported to wine making regions

Glass is re-melted and used to make new bottles and jars

Metal

Abbey Metals, Dorset, and Bournemouth autos, Bournemouth.

Sims Group UK Ltd

Smelted and turned into cars, aeroplanes, tin cans and other metal products

Plasterboard

Country Style Recycling Ltd, Kent

Gypsum is used for more plasterboard and in the composting process

Rubble

Trigon landfill, Wareham

Andy Mills Ltd, Henstridge

Commercial Recycling Ltd, Canford

Crook's Ltd, Portland

Some is used to construct landfill road and stabilise tipping edge

The rest is graded, washed, tumbled and re-marketed

Televisions

SWEEP Ltd, Kent

Dismantled and plastic and metal recyclable parts are separated. Glass is treated to remove the phosphorus and lead and all components are sent to be recycled.

Tyres

Bournemouth Autos, Poole

First the metal rims are removed, tyres are then shredded and used as 25 mm chips for the equestrian market

Engine oil

Veoila, Southampton

Goes through a process called secondary liquid fuel blending which involves careful analysis by chemists, the fuel is then blended accordingly, and then used to fuel cement kilns

Vegetable oil

Living Fuels - Nottingham

Filtered and refined into bio diesel which can then be used for fuelling buses, cars and lorries that run on bio-diesel.

Wood and timber

Eco Sustainable Solutions, Dorset

Shredded and separated into various grades for chip board, biomass fuels (energy recovery) and equestrian products.

Foil

Simms Metals, Nottingham

It is melted into aluminium and turned into foil and cans

 

 

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