What happens post collection?
Wherever possible we choose the most eco-friendly option. Your collection teams load waste according to the items re-use / recycling properties. Eventually there are three destinations for your old items.
Re-useThis is the most eco-friendly option. Typical items that can be re-used are household and office furniture and clothes. Good condition items are taken to charities.
This is the next most eco-friendly option. The list below includes all items which can be recycled, there are many others but these are the main items we collect on a regular basis which are recycled:
All grades of wood, this is wood chipped and re-manufactured into chipboard, MDF and other wood composites.
Garden waste is converted in concentrated recycled compost which takes 12 to 16 weeks.
Insert waste such as rubble, soil and bricks are crushed at quarries and used for construction projects.
Paper & Cardboard
Paper and cardboard are pulped and tured in to more paper.
Electronic waste is processed sophisticatedplant and facilities are able to recover the recycable elements from WEEE ( Waste electrical and electronic equipment) such as ferrous metals, non ferrous metals, plastics and glass.
Plasterboard , recycled gypsum is used as a primary ingredient in the manfacture of moisture/ liquid absorbents.
All metals collected is taken to scrap yards where it is sent for processing.
Glass can be recycled and used as aggregate in concrete.
LandfillIn circumstances where your items cannot be recycled or re-used then they are sent to landfill. We only ever use landfill sites that are fully licensed. This is the last resort and we always look at ways in which we can recycle or re-use the items we collect. Sending items to landfill is also the most expensive method of disposal for us so we are financially incentivised to look for more eco-friendly methods of disposal.