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What happened to the recycling we collected from your home

Published: 2019-10-14 Updated: 2022-11-07 Subject: Rubbish and recycling

What happened to the recycling we collected from your home in 2020 to 2021
Material Weight in tons Where is it recycled? Percentage recycled in the UK What is it reused for?
Textiles and shoes 75 Eastern Europe and West Africa 0% Reused as textiles and shoes
Mixed cans and plastics 2,029 UK 100% Baled, then mechanically sorted. Cans are sent for smelting and reuse, and plastics to various reprocessors for shredding and recycling
Glass, bottles, and jars 6,997 UK 100% New glass bottles and jars
Small electrical items 68 UK 100% Broken down and individual components are recycled
Cardboard 5,154 UK 100% Recycled into new cardboard products
Food waste 7,970 UK 100% Recycled to produce biogas and biofertiliser for use on brown field sites
Steel cans 282 UK 100% Smelted and reused in new products
Garden waste 7,668 UK 100% Composted locally to produce a nutrient-rich compost for local farms
Paper 2,678 UK 100% Recycled into new products, such as newsprint
Mixed plastics (tubs and trays) 939 UK and Europe 90.5% Plastics are shredded into flakes and granules that will be used to create new bottles, bags, and clothes
Aluminium cans and foil 137 UK 100% Smelted and reused to make new cans and many other products
Household and car batteries 13 UK 100% Reprocessed into new batteries or reused as raw materials

Previous versions of our end use register for all our waste recycled from residents are available to download. These documents show where all the material goes for recycling.

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