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local People often ask –
“What happens to all our waste, is it all being recycled?”
Yes it does, and here’s where, and it’s virtually all in the UK!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Batteries to G&P Batteries Ltd,  Darlaston,   Smelted into new materials.

Cans - sorted at Four Ashes MRF, then Novelis  - steel and aluminium mills for re-manufacture.

Cardboard - Saica Mill, Manchester - reprocessed into new cardboard packaging

Fridges to Aquaforce near Wolverhampton - stripped and decontaminated before metals and other components recycled.

Garden waste -  Various green waste farms - for compost.

Glass to Four Ashes/Gilmoss MRF initially for sorting then to Veolia St. Helens for re-processing - to use in the manufacture of insulation material.

Paper - initially for separation to AM Recycling, then to UPM Paper Mill to be recycled into more paper.

Plastic bottles and plastic pots, tubs and trays to Four Ashes/Gilmosss for sosrting, then Veolia, Rainham and recyckled into various grades of plastic used to make new products.

Textiles & Shoes to JMP Wilcox, reused and lower grade textiles recycled into industrial wiping products, flock rags or mixed felt material. 

Wood – to Veolia Bristol where wood from variojs sources is shredded and sorted into good clean recyclable wood which ends up at places like Kronospan in Chirk to make 'green' energy in dedicated biomass power plant.

TVs to Recycling Lives - stripped and decontaminated before metals and other components recycled. (a social enterprise in Preston, Lancs)

Tetra Pak  to Printwaste, where separated and compnents (fibres, plastic and aluminium) sent to reporcessors.


These help cause the fatburgs,currently in the news, in the sewage system.  None are really biodegradeable, so best to bin them, and avoid using if possible.  They’ve been produced for 60 years, and made of a non-woven blend of natural and synthetic fibres, such as polypropylene.  The industry body Water UK say all wipes should be binned, and not labelled biodegradeable - for that process is too slow to be of use, so please don’t throw them in the loo.  For details   www.friendsoftheearth.uk/plastics



balloons and sky lanterns and glitter

Balloons, their strings and labels,  when let go of, fall back to earth and can be ingested by grazing animals, birds or marine creatures, so the Marine Conservation Society http://www.mscuk.org suggests we don't use balloons.  So-called biodegradeable ones may take 4 years to disapper - that's not very biodegradeable, and they could do damage til then.  And some scientists believe that the gas helium is too precious to be wasted in balloons.

Sky lanterns similarly cause fires and litter and sometimes havoc when they fall back to land. More and more councils are not allowing these to be let off on council land , 

  http://www.balloonsblow.org  has a few alternative ideas,

Glitter is made of micro-plastics, not yet banned, but some nurseries and schools have given up using them.  (Lush has non-plastic glitter in their products )(You can find biodegradeable glitter made from eucalyptus, look online, various companies).


Made of polythene - smallish amounts can be recycled with plastic bags in larger supermarkets, like Sainsbury and Morrisons.  Larger peices can be given away, or used to protect fragile plants, or to line greenhouses.

Cigarette Filters

We have all seen discarded cigarette ends outside buildings, and along streets, perhaps not realising the global problem they cause. Almost all Cigarette filters are a combination of a type of PLASTIC (cellulose acetate) and toxic tobacco remnants.
They can be carried through storm drains to streams, rivers and oceans.

The PLASTIC in the filter itself is NON-Biodegradable waste.  [Eventually UV rays from the sun break the plastic into smaller microplastics that can find their way into the food chain, via oceans and marine life].
They are the most pervasive form of litter in the world.
We may think we are just ‘flicking away’ paper and tobacco…….yet  there is NO AWAY.

As long ago as October 2015 ,The World Health Organisation stated …. this waste may also prove to be a significant environmental contaminant and potential human health hazard through bio-accumulation in the food chain.
If there is no other option throw cig end into the dustbin.

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Recycling in Shropshire

'Shropshire now recycles,re-uses or composts 50.9% of our household waste.  Very small fluctuations over recent years.  As well as recycling,  a lot of rubbish is now diverted for energy production via Incineration.

 We have come a long way since 2002/3, when  96% of Shropshire's waste went to landfill.

All 5 of Shropshire's household recycling centres are open 9-5, 7 days per week. But not Christmas, Boxing or New Year's Day.


These used to be made of paper - nowadays, and not many people realize this, they are coated with a toxic plastic, to thermally print,as opposed to using inks!  So, please bin them, don't compost or recycle them, and ideally don't even handle, but if you have to, wash the fibres off your skin.  And don't give them to little kids to play with!