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What happens to your recycling

Blue bin recycling

After your recycling is collected it is taken to the recycling facility at, Aldridge to be sorted into different material streams and then sent on for further locations for processing.

Tins and cans

Food tins are melted down to make new steel items such as car parts and fridges.

Drinks cans are crushed, melted and made into new cans.  New drinks cans can be in the shops again in 6 weeks.

Glass bottles and jars

Glass bottles and jars are washed, crushed, melted and moulded into new glass bottles.

Some recycled glass is ground down and used in making roads.

Plastics

Plastic bottles are cut into flakes, washed, dried and made into new products such as garden furniture and wheeled bins.

Cardboard

Cardboard is flattened, folded and recycled to make new packaging such as cereal boxes and washing powder boxes.

Paper

Paper is sent to a paper mill, pulped down and turned into new paper.

Please see the table below for a list of locations where the recycling which East Staffordshire Borough Council collects ultimately ends its journey.    

Garden waste

Your garden waste goes to a composting facility operated by Biffa where it is processed and turned into a soil conditioning compost.

Grey bin waste

All waste from your grey bins is sent to an Energy Recovery facility where it is converted into energy.  By disposing of waste in this way across Staffordshire, we could generate 23 megawatts of energy – enough to power 30,000 homes for a year. 

Please see the table below for a list of locations where the recycling which East Staffordshire Borough Council collects ultimately ends its journey.

Material Collected Processing Company Processing Site Address Material Destination Use
Cardboard Cycle Link USA 1330 Valley Vista Drive, Diamond Bar, CA91 765 China Board Mills
Cardboard and Paper Mark Lyndon Paper 12 The Triangle, Nottingham, NG2 1AE China & Vietnam Board Mills
Paper Mixed and Paper Baled A C N Europe Egerton House, Towers Business, Didsbury, M20 2DX China Newsprint
Paper Mixed and Paper Baled D S Smith Kemsley Papermill, Kemsley, Sittingbourne UK Newsprint
Soft Mixed Paper Visy Recycling Europe 80 Caroline Street, Birmingham, B3 1UP Indonesia Board
Paper Mixed and Paper Baled Paper Link Ltd Regus, St Georges Way, Leicester Indonesia Newsprint
Aluminium Biffa Unit 4 Trafalgar Park Way, Victory Road, Derby UK  
Aluminium EPS Material Recovery Graigola Wharf, Kings Docks, Swansea UK Uk aluminium smelter for Ingot
Aluminium EMR Westbrook, Warrington, WA5 7NS UK Uk and overseas aluminium smelters for Ingot Production
Mixed Metals Green Lane Motor Salvage Ltd Off Fryers Road, Leamore, Walsall UK  
Steel Sims Metals Neath Abbey Wharf, Neath, West Glamorgan UK Steel
HDPE Nat Biffa Polymers WES Building, Wilton International, Redcar TS20 4RG UK Bottles
Mixed Plastics Baled Monoworld Monoworld Business Park, Rushden Road, Shambrook, Bedfordshire MK44 1NB UK Pellets to replace virgin polymer
Plastics Mixed Baled Viridor Viridor House, Priory Bridge Road, Somerset UK Pellets to replace virgin polymer
Rigid Plastics Biffa Poplars Lichfield Road, Cannock UK Pellets to replace virgin polymer
Rigid Plastics Waste 2 Resource 27 Chetwynd Road, Edgmond, Newport Various markets Pellets to replace virgin polymer
Plastics C Grade LDPE Lovell Recycling Ltd Epic Park, Halesford 6, Telford Vietnam Pellets to replace virgin polymer with some going to produce food grade PET
Plastics C Grade LDPE Clearpoint Recycling Ltd Central Depot, Worthing Road, Sheffield Various overseas markets Pellets to replace virgin polymer after further sorting
PET Light Baled MLM Egerton House, Didsbury Indonesia Pellets to replace virgin polymer
Glass GRUK 418 Carlton Road, Carlton, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 3HX UK Remelt and Aggregate replacement
Residual Biffa Poplars Poplars Landfill Site, Lichfield Road, Cannock, WS11 8NQ UK Landfill
Mixed Metals Morris & Co Handlers Ltd Bankwood Lane, Rossington, South Yorkshire UK & Overseas  
PET Light Baled Clean Tech UK Hemswell Business Park, Lincolnshire UK & Overseas  
Glass Maltha Glass Recycling 418 Carlton Road, Barnsley Holland  
Glass Recresco Urban Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottingham UK  
Glass NRS Waste Management Services Ltd Meridan Quarry, Birmingham Road, Solihull UK & Overseas  
Glass Ward Moira Road, Woodville, Derbyshire UK   
Glass Donald Ward Puddlers Road, Cleveland UK  
Residual Waste 2 Resource 27 Chetwynd Road, Edgmond, Newport Holland & Sweden RDF
Residual Willshees Glensyl Way, Burton upon Trent UK Landfill
Residual Premier Waste UK Plc Premier House, 209-211 Walsall Road, Perry Barr UK