What happens to your recycling

We collect mixed recycling from your kerbside, glass and textiles from recycling points and various materials at our recycling centres.

We have several reprocessing contracts with companies who manage this waste and transform your recyclables into reusable products or materials. Find out what happens to each item. 

Mixed recycling (collected from the kerbside and at recycling centres)

 goes to the ENVA at Linwood

 becomes various new products 

Cardboard (collected at recycling centres)

 goes to Saica Natur for reprocessing

 becomes Packaging and paper products, covering material on plasterboard

Cooking oil

  goes to Olleco biodiesel plant in Liverpool

  becomes 100% biodiesel

Earth and rubble 

 goes to Either Bridgend Sand and Gravel in King Edward, A and M Smith in Portlethen or David Smith

  They supplement virgin aggregate  

Electrical appliances

 goes to Repic for fridges and freezers, Recolight recycles gas discharge lamps separately, Recycling lives for large and small domestic appliances, TV's and monitors 

 The Repic and Recycling lives websites explain what happens with specific items

Food waste

 goes to Keenan Recycling in New Deer

 becomes Compost 

Garden waste

 goes to Keenan Recycling in New Deer

 becomes Compost 


 goes to MKD32 Ltd, UK based glass merchant

Household batteries

 goes to G and P Batteries where they sort the batteries by chemistry type 

 becomes A variety of products including more batteries and materials for the steel industry

Lead acid (vehicles) batteries

 goes to Local scrap merchant, then specialist recycler of lead acid batteries, or Panda Rosa

Oil (engine)

 goes to Safetykleen collects engine oil from our recycling centres

 during recycling They process it to produce high specification fuel oil or recycle it for re-use as base oil 

Refillable gas canisters

  Recoverycyl and Synergy Recycling collects them from our recycling centres

Scrap metal

 goes to Local scrap merchants, Panda Rosa collect the metal for recycling

 during recycling The metal is sorted if required, before being processed through the Leimbach Shear which cuts the material into the size needed to be able to fed through a foundry where it will be melted down and recycled back into a variety of new steel products


  The Salvation Army or Nathan's Wastesavers collect them from our recycling centres

  Local people re-use them when possible or they send them for national or international use


 goes to Keenan Recycling Limited in New Deer, SUEZ collect wood from our recycling centres

 becomes Compost or chipboard

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