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What happens to your recycling

We make sure that all your recycling is sent to be reused or recycled into new products. 

Food and garden waste

The garden waste collected will be composted and used as a soil improver on farmland, to help grow new crops.

Food waste is taken to an anaerobic digestion processing plant where it is used to create renewable energy and produce a nutrient rich fertiliser.

Paper and cardboard

Paper and cardboard are processed at JM Freeths, Thamesdown Recycling depot at Cricklade. It is then sent to mills in Britain and Asia (mainly China) to be recycled into new paper products. The material is tracked and we do regular audits to make sure that it is all being recycled.

Glass bottles and jars

Glass bottles and jars are sent to Berryman and Rockware Glass in Yorkshire to be made into new glass products.

Aluminium cans

Aluminium cans are sent to Novelis in Warrington, Cheshire to be made into new aluminium products.

Steel cans

Steel cans are sent to Corus in Port Talbot, South Wales to be made into new steel products.


Mixed plastics such as bottles, pots, tubs and trays are transported to Roydon, a re-processor based in Swinton, UK. They turn the material into plastic pellets which are used in the plastic manufacturing industry.

Milk containers are transported to J and A Young in Leicestershire to be made back into milk containers.

Black and brown plastic goes to the Netherlands to be recycled into coloured plastic products.


Textiles go to SOEX who have a processing plant in Germany. They process and separate the textiles, with some sent to the rag industry and some recycled into raw materials for reuse. 


Cartons, for example, Tetra Pak are recycled in the UK by Sonoco.