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What happens to our waste

With so many different types of waste being sent to a range of destinations, it’s important to minimise transportation costs and the number of vehicles needed to carry it. Our transfer stations next to the Sort It recycling centres at Yate and Mangotsfield are delivery points for our collection vehicles and waste from other Sort It recycling centres. From here the different materials are loaded onto huge articulated lorries and transported to recycling, energy or disposal facilities. The videos below show how some of the items we collect are recycled.


Food recycling collections take place every week. Use a plastic bag or newspaper to line your food bin and kitchen caddy to help keep them clean. Food waste is sent to Oxfordshire to be processed into a nutrient rich fertiliser and generate electricity. Watch the video to find out how.

Small electrical items

Small electrical items up to the size of the green box can be put out for recycling inside or next to the box. We cannot collect small electricals from communal recycling bins for flats. They are recycled in the West Midlands and Bristol. Watch the video to find out how.


You can recycle glass bottles and jars from home. Clear and coloured glass is sent to Yorkshire and Essex for recycling. Mixed glass from communal recycling bins for flats is sent to Avonmouth, Bristol and Cwmbran in Wales. Watch the video to find out more.

Cans, aerosols and foil

You can recycle aluminium and steel cans, empty aerosols, foil, foil containers and metal biscuit or sweet tins. Watch the video to find out how they are recycled.


You can recycle most plastic bottles and packaging, except for black plastic, wrappers and plastic bags. Plastic is sent for sorting and recycling in Gloucestershire, Bristol, Hampshire, Lincolnshire, Manchester, Bedfordshire and Leicestershire. Watch the video to find out how.


We send our paper to Kent and Flintshire to be turned into newspaper. Cardboard and cartons go through a similar process to be recycled into new cardboard packaging. Watch the video to find out how.

Garden waste

Garden waste is collected from green bins through a subscription service and is sent to Wiltshire to be composted. Watch the video to find out how.

Non-recyclable waste

We recycle as much as possible and try to avoid landfill wherever we can. Treating this waste as a resource means we can make good use of most of it as energy or a soil conditioner, reducing our impact on the environment and the cost of using landfill.

Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) of residual wastes

South Gloucestershire Council, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and Bristol City councils send most of their black bin and other non-recyclable waste for treatment at an MBT processing facility in Avonmouth. During the process metals and plastics are separated for recycling and organic waste is turned into a compost like material which is used as a soil conditioner in agriculture. Anything left over is either sent to be incinerated for energy recovery in Wiltshire and Coventry.

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