What happens to your waste?
We’re committed to doing good for Oxford and the environment. That means recycling as much as possible and ensuring that nothing you put in your bins ends up in a big hole in the ground or in the oceans.
Mixed recycling is sorted into separate materials at a state of the art facility right here in the UK.
All the glass we collect is recycled in the UK. Glass in good condition can be recycled infinitely with no loss of quality. Broken glass can be ground down and used for aggregate in the construction industry.
Almost all the metal we collect is recycled in Britain. A very small amount is sometimes sent for specialist repurposing in various countries in North West Europe. A metal tin that you put in your recycling bin could be back on supermarket shelves in less than 60 days.
Paper and cardboard
Much of the paper and cardboard we collect is recycled in the UK. Some is sent abroad but always to facilities that are accredited and licenced by the UK Environment Agency. Paper and cardboard are pulped and reprocessed into fresh paper products.
Most of the plastic we collect is recycled in this country. Some types of plastic are sent abroad but always to facilities that are accredited and licenced by the UK Environment Agency. Unlike many companies, we collect black plastic packaging and ensure that it is recycled here in the UK.
We take your food waste to an Anaerobic Digestion plant near Cassington, Oxfordshire. The waste food is broken down by bacteria and turned into biogas and liquid fertiliser.
The biogas is a renewable source of electricity. The Cassington plant generates enough energy each year to power 4,200 homes.
The liquid fertiliser is spread on local fields - naturally boosting crop yield.
We don’t put any of your general waste into landfill. We take material that can’t be recycled just up the road to Ardley Energy Recovery Facility in Oxfordshire. At Ardley, the waste is converted to energy in a process that meets the highest environmental standards and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The facility generates enough electricity to power at least 56,000 homes – that’s more than the whole of Oxford.