Where your recycling goes
We take pride in our environment and have proved to be a well-performing District in terms of recycling and the amount of waste sent to landfill especially compared with other areas. We continually strive to become more sustainable, less reliant on landfill and improve our performance even further.
Thanks to the dedication of residents, the District has achieved a recycling rate of 58.17% as at March 2021.
Paper and card: Paper and card that you recycle in your pink sack goes to Essex Reclamation in Witham. The paper and card are separated and then baled ready to be exported to Europe or the Far East where it is then processed and pulped ready for recycling into writing paper, tissue and new packaging.
Cans: The tins and cans that you recycle in your pink sack are separated at Essex Reclamation into steel and aluminium. The steel is sent to a company called EMR in the UK and the aluminium is sent to Novelis, also in the UK. They are recycled to make new tins and cans.
Glass: Glass from your blue box is taken to Essex Reclamation where it is then transported to Berrymans depot in Dagenham for onward recycling.
Plastic: The plastic materials that you recycle in your pink sack are also taken to Essex Reclamation where they are separated and sent to reprocessors in the UK for onward recycling into new plastic bottles or recycled plastic items. Please note that we are unable to recycling plastic film and this should be disposed of in your grey wheeled bin.
Food waste: The food waste you recycle in your green caddy is transported to a local Anaerobic Digestion facility where it is broken down and converted into energy known as Biogas.
Garden waste: Green waste is collected by Suez. Green waste is composted at a local site in Tolleshunt Major which is operated by B G Appleton Contracts. The compost is sold to local businesses and used by the Council for parks and green spaces.
Bottle & Can banks: Bottle bank glass goes to Berrymans depot in Dagenham
Paper banks: Paper banks are emptied by Green Recycling, a local business. The paper goes from the banks goes to a facility in the UK where it is baled and sent to reprocessors for onward recycling.