Where does our recycling go?
Your food waste is sent to the Willand Biogas plant near Tiverton. Biogas is a type of biofuel that is naturally produced from the decomposition of organic waste, a process known as anaerobic digestion.
Your garden waste collected in your green wheelie bins is sent to the Deepmoor Windrow Composting Site near Torrington. This is then available to buy as soil improver.
Glass is sent by ship to Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire then it is transferred Knottingley, West Yorkshire where it is reprocessed into new glass jars and bottles.
Mixed plastics are transported to South Normanton, Derbyshire where they are sorted in to various plastic streams.
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles are sent to the processing plant at Corby, Northamptonshire and are turned into food packaging.
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) milk bottles are transferred to another processing plant in Loughborough, Leicestershire where they are made into plastic ”bags for life” and refuse sacks.
Paper is transported to Kings Lynn, Norfolk where it is processed into paper rolls which is then used within the newspaper and printing industry.
Aluminium is transported to a number of smelting plants within the UK where it is processed and then used within the aerospace industry.
Steel is transported to a number of smelting plants within the UK where it is processed and turned into sheet steel and then sold to various industries.
Cardboard is transported to a local depot in Barnstaple, where it is then bulked with other cardboard and sent to a number of UK paper mills where it is processed and made back into linerboard which is used to manufacture corrugated cardboard.
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) are bought by a company that takes them apart and sells the component parts.
At the moment with the coronavirus outbreak we are not able to collect textiles. Once collections start again they are passed onto the Salvation Army, which exports more than 34,000 tonnes of textiles for reuse and recycling each year.
An estimated £140 million worth (350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to waste in landfill every year. Clothing made from natural materials like cotton, wool and leather will produce a range of greenhouse gases while biodegrading in landfill sites. For every tonne of textiles reused rather than sent into landfill, carbon dioxide emissions – a major cause of global warming – are reduced by 7 tonnes.
Since February 2019 all but a small fraction of waste from North Devon and Torridge's household waste that cannot be re-used, recycled or composted has been diverted away from landfill and sent to the waste transfer site, operated under contract from Devon County Council by Suez. From there it is transferred to the energy recovery centre in Cornwall where it is used as a sustainable fuel to generate electricity for the National Grid.