What actually happens to your recycling?

December 4, 2018 9:13 PM

Kay-BerryLib Dem Councillor Kay Berry has been finding out the answers for Tewkesbury Borough.

There has been a lot of publicity in the press recently about recycling in Gloucester city being sent to landfill so we decided to check on what is happening to the recycling from Tewkesbury Borough Council. Councillor Kay Berry said "I am pleased to report that none of it is going to landfill and I received the following information from council officers."
● All blue bin recycling is collected together in one large vehicle and taken to a sorting facility at Avonmouth where it is sorted into different types of materials.

● Card and paper goes to paper mills in the east and southeast of England.

● Plastic goes to Leicestershire and some from there goes to mainland Europe.

● Steel goes to South Wales.

● Aluminium goes to the West Midlands and North West England.

● Glass goes to a recycling facility in Yorkshire.

Kay added "Food waste is sent to an Anaerobic Digestion facility near Bishop's Cleeve where it is treated and produces both a liquid fertilizer which is used on local farmland and gas which is injected back into the gas network for domestic and industrial use.
"I hope that this reassures you that all our recycling is being responsibly dealt with in the most eco friendly way and that you will continue to recycle as much of your waste as possible."

You can find more information about the council's waste and recycling services at: www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling