Script for video: Collection Services
Most of us know that recycling helps to minimise our reliance on raw materials as well as reducing landfill and damaging greenhouse gases - but you may not know what happens to your waste once it has been put out for collection.
There are in fact, several different collection methods:
Some local authorities ask you to place materials like paper, cans and glass bottles into boxes or bags. The recyclables are then sorted by hand at the kerbside into separate compartments on the collection vehicle. Each material is then sent to separate reprocessing facilities where it is recycled into new products.
Other local authorities ask you to keep paper and card separate from other recyclable materials - such as cans, glass and plastic bottles. The paper and card is either collected in a separate compartment on the collection vehicle or in a separate vehicle to the other recyclables. As it is collected separately, the paper and card can be sent for recycling straight away; whilst the other mixed recyclables are sent to be sorted at a Materials Recovery Facility.
You may be asked to put all of your recyclables into a single container. The recyclables are collected mixed, and then delivered to a Materials Recovery Facility, where they are sorted. Once sorted, the different materials are then sent for recycling.
You can find out more about the recycling process at recyclenow.com.