What happens to my recycling?
Plastic is taken to Cumbria Waste Recycling at Hespin Wood, Carlisle where it is
squashed and bailed using very strong wire and then wrapped in plastic ready for
collection by the purchaser.
Plastics are sent to a re-processor where they are sorted, ground into flakes,
washed, dried and made into pellets ready for reuse. The plastics are recycled
at various locations, including Cheshire. Plastics are recycled into different
products depending on type.
- High-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic milk bottles are made into watering
- Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) pop bottles are made into a whole range of
products including work wear, carpets, fleeces (it takes 25 bottles to make a
fleece jumper), garden furniture and sleeping bag stuffing.
Cardboard and Paper
Cardboard from Green bags and cardboard and paper from recycling banks is taken
to Cumbria Waste Recycling at Hespin Wood in Carlisle where it is sorted and
bailed up ready for reprocessing. Paper from your Greenbox is collected and
taken to the FOCSA depot in Carlisle for selling to re-processors. The process
is similar for cardboard and paper, which includes adding water to pulp and then
press the fibres into new sheets. It can take as little as 28 days for
your recycled newspaper to be born again!
Glass can be recycled again and again and by recycling it you are saving new
materials from being quarried. Glass is collected from recycling banks or
Greenboxes and taken to British Glass in Alloa, Scotland for reprocessing.
It is washed and broken up pieces (called cullet). At this stage it can be
processed into a number of products, added to tarmac or melted and remoulded
into new glass bottles or jars.
Tins and cans
Empty tin and cans are collected from Greenboxes and recycling banks, taken to
the depot and sorted using a magnet to separate steel from aluminium.
They are then crushed and baled to save space when transporting to the
reprocessing factory. The bales are melted down at high temperatures and the
liquid metal is reshaped into new products ready for purchase again.
Aluminium can be recycled again and again and could end up in products such as a
bicycle, a car or just made into another tin can! Steel food cans are
usually reprocessed into steel sheets that are pressed and made into new
products, such as girders for the building trade.
You don't need to remove labels from tin cans to recycle them but they
do need to be quickly rinsed out please!
Garden waste from your green wheeled bins is collected and taken to our special
composting site at Hespin Wood. It is shredded and turned many times to
produce a fine compost that is sold wholesale to DIY stores.