Recyclable material is no longer seen as waste, but as a resource that has a value and a global market. There is a demand for materials from manufacturers who reprocess them to create new products.
Due to the increased quantity of recycling material available, quality is becoming a more important factor. As a reaction to this, China has introduced campaigns to ensure that the quality of materials is inspected before it is accepted - Operation Goddess of the Earth and Operation Green Fence.
To ensure quality standards are met, regular checks are carried out at the Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Ettington, where the recycling collected across the district is taken to be sorted. The Environment Agency also monitors any material that leaves the UK.
Recyclable material is collected and taken to a Material Recycling Facility (MRF) run by Pure Recycling in Ettington. The mixed material is segregated using magnets, optical sorting and other technology until the different materials are in separate waste streams.
Materials are then transported to specialist reprocessing facilities in the UK where they are made into new products. Examples of what your recycling could become are listed below:
|paper||newspapers and telephone directories|
|cardboard||boxes and packaging|
|glass||new bottles and jars, road surfacing material|
|tins and cans||window frames, steel beams, engine parts|
|plastic packaging||traffic cones, fleece clothing, carpets, pipes, recycling boxes|
For more information on what happens to your material, please visit the Pure Recycling website.
To give assurance that the household material collected from your blue recycling bins is being recycled, Stratford-on-Avon District Council has signed up to a national initiative called the End Destinations of Recycling Charter.
By signing up to the charter, Stratford-on-Avon District Council is committed to providing details of where all recyclable household material collected in the district goes after it has been sorted at the MRF. You can see these details in the Register of End Destination of Recyclables table.
For further information, please contact the Streetscene team: