Where does all the material go?
There are frequent question about what happens to the recycling we collect.
Co-mingled Glass, Cans & Mixed Plastics – Lancashire Renewables
Your glass, cans and mixed plastics is delivered into Lancashire Renewables.
The material stream is loaded into a material sorting unit which first uses a ‘trommel’ to recover the glass then a combination of hand picking and under an over band magnets. The magnets removes all of the cans and the remaining plastics have a final sort by hand.
The glass material is also sorted by size, and the plant creates a number of output grades depending on the specifications of its customers.
Once sorted and cleaned the output materials roughly fall into two types, glass cullets, large pieces of glass e.g. 10mm and greater for glass re-melt and glass fines e.g. 10mm and less which can be used as road aggregates.
- Mixed glass is sent to Recresco at Ellesmere port
- Aluminium is sent to Alutrade Ltd at Oldbury
- Steel is sent to EMR at Blackburn
- PET is sent to Viridor at Skelmersdale
- HD Natural is sent to Viridor at Skelmersdale
- HD Jazz is sent to Plastics Reclamation at Whitley Bay
Mixed Paper, Cardboard and Waxed Cartons – Palm Recycling
Your paper, cardboard and waxed cartons is collected from our Church depot by Palm Recycling
Palm Recycling purchase a wide range of recovered materials from around 100 Local Authorities and helps divert around 500,000 tonnes of fibre material from landfill per year.
Significant investment has been made by the Palm Paper Group in their UK paper manufacturing operations which means the fibre material they send for recycling is processed using some of the most advanced sorting and recovery techniques available.
In a mixture of automated and manual processes, paper and cardboard material is first separated and then sorted into more refined streams to ensure the highest quality of raw material for recycling. In fact, they regularly achieve reject rates of 1% or less, against an industry average of anything between 2% and 15%.
- Paper goes to Palm Paper in King Lynn
- Cardboard and Waxed Cartons go to Saica Paper Mill in Manchester.
Household Batteries – Valpak
Your household batteries are collected from our depot in Church by Valpak.
Their expertise means that they can offer market security through their network of UK and overseas reprocessing partners. In turn, this means that they can provide both cost-efficient and dependable solutions for their obligation to increase recycling and to reduce landfill.
Valpak are dedicated to ensuring that all of our materials are handled in a responsible manner.