Where does your waste and recycling go

In 2020/21 we recycled, reused or composted 42.3% of Wiltshire's household waste. Of this, 98% was also managed and reprocessed within the UK and not exported abroad.

Materials collected for recycling from Wiltshire residents are sent to reprocessors to be turned into new products or raw materials to go back into the manufacturing process.

The table below shows where your waste and recycling was sent last year (2020-21).

If you would like more detailed information on the end destination register please contact the Waste team by email at wasteandrecycling@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Where your waste and recycling was sent (2020-21) - End Use Register

Recycling and Re-use

Recycling
MaterialEnd of year tonnageEnd destinationEnd use
Paper9,037Flintshire
Hampshire
Kent
Harrogate
France
  • Recycled into new cardboard products used in the packaging industry.
  • Recycled into new paper for newsprint onsite.
Cardboard10,462Birmingham
Kent
Harrogate
Hampshire
Mixed Carboard recycled into new cardboard products used in the packaging industry.
Glass (collected and sent mixed)18,471West Yorkshire
Netherlands
  • Crushed, melted and then recycled into new bottles and jars.
  • Clear and Brown glass recycled in the UK, green recycled in the Netherlands.
Cans (steel)1,508South WalesRecycled and used in new steel products
Cans (aluminium)795WarringtonRecycled and used to produce new cans
Plastics bottles, pots, tubs and trays4,058Loughborough
Harrogate
Kent
EU
  • Optically sorted, segregated and baled by polymer type and colour. This material is then granulated, washed, and pelletised. The raw material is then sold into the manufacturing industry.
  • Sorted, segregated and baled by polymer type and colour. This material is then sent to 3 sites in the UK to be granulated, washed, and pelletised. The raw material is then sold into the manufacturing industry.
  • Exported to Germany, Spain and Belgium. Processed into rPE (Planolen) rPP (Planoprop) and rPS (Planorol). The raw material is then sold into the manufacturing industry.
Mixed and Rigid Plastics897Netherlands
  • Optically sorted, granulated, washed to produce a raw material which is sold for use in manufacturing
  • Sorted, shredded, washed and granulated. The raw material is then sold into the manufacturing industry.
Metals (scrap metal from Household recycling centres, including cans from 8 council owned household recycling centres)1,841Wiltshire
Gloucestershire
Bristol
Poland
Separated into metal types and recycled
Car batteries112Derbyshire
Immingham
Lead is recycled and used in the lead Industry. Metal and plastic recycled.
Mineral oil48Worcestershire
Poland
Processed to create a reusable fuel, for energy from waste
Tyres108Somerset
West Midlands
  • Shredded and used to make equestrian surfaces
  • Shredded and used to make tyre derived products, used for civil engineering applications
WEEE (A) - Large household appliances519BerkshireSeparated into components for recycling
WEEE (C) - TVs / PC monitors211Berkshire
Tredegar
Separated into components for recycling
WEEE (E) - Small domestic appliances820BerkshireSeparated into components for recycling
WEEE (B) - Fridges / freezers397Warrington
Bristol
Degassed and broken up into separate components for recycling
WEEE (D) - Gas discharge lamps4Cambridgeshire LincolnshireSeparated into components for recycling
Food and drink cartons0.7West YorkshireSeparated into components; 75% of tetra is fibre which is used to produce coreboard and sold into manufacturing industry, 21% is film(PE) and 4% Alu which is sent to EfW at Envirofuel in Burnley.
Plasterboard590HampshireRecycled into other gypsum products
Household batteries14Manchester
EU
Exported to Europe for recycling
Cooking oil8NorfolkProcessed into bioliquid, which is used to generate electricity
Paint279.9West Midlands SheffieldTreated or recovered dependant on waste type
Composting
MaterialEnd of year tonnageEnd destinationEnd use
Garden waste37,639Wiltshire
Hampshire
Composted to meet PAS100 standard
Reuse
MaterialEnd of year tonnageEnd destinationEnd use
Gas bottles45CanterburyReused - sent to Brooksight, Calor Gas or Handygas
Textiles237West Midlands
Europe
Africa
Reused with 90% exported to Eastern Europe and Africa
WEEE (E) - Mobile phones0.45LancashireReused
Rubble / soil5,757WiltshireReused / land restoration

Landfill diversion and energy recovery

Energy recovery
MaterialEnd of year tonnageEnd destinationEnd use
Residual waste42,826BerkshireSent to Lakeside for energy from waste recovery
Timber / chipboard / MDF6,456Wiltshire
Slough
  • Sent to three Energy from waste sites in the UK (Veolia Ltd, Bristol / Shotton Paper Mill, Deeside / AW Jenkinson (Woodwaste) Ltd, Cumbria) for biomass energy recovery
  • Sent onto multiple energy from waste sites, all within the UK for biomasss energy recovery
  • Biomass energy recovery
Mechanical biological treatment
MaterialEnd of year tonnageEnd destinationEnd use
Residual waste12,919WiltshireTonnage diverted through moisture loss, as result of the MBT process.
Residual waste26,915Netherlands
Germany
Tonnage diverted = amount of REFUSE DERIVED FUEL produced at the Northacre MBT facility and exported to The Netherlands and Germany to be used for energy production at Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities
Residual waste71WiltshireTonnage recycled = metals recovered from the MBT process. Sent for recycling at E J Shanley & Sons, Wiltshire
Residual waste16,473WiltshireTonnage landfilled = Process residue material, sent to Hills Waste Solutions Ltd, Lower Compton Landfill, Wiltshire
Treatment, reclamation and composting
MaterialEnd of year tonnageEnd destinationEnd use
Street sweeping169
4,237
847
42
Lower Compton, WiltshireTonnage diverted = dewatering/moisture loss
Tonnage reused = amount of aggregates recovered
Tonnage composted = Compost like output (or CLO)
Tonnage disposed = Process residue material, sent to landfilled
Incineration without energy recovery
MaterialEnd of year tonnageEnd destinationEnd use
Clinical (LA collected)49Maidenhead
  • High temperature incineration without energy recovery
  • Hydroclave Alternative Treatment

Landfill and other treatments 

Landfill
MaterialEnd of year tonnageEnd destinationEnd use
Landfill (Hazardous)809Purton, Wiltshire
  • The majority of this tonnage is soil and rubble used for landfill cover at hazardous landfill. With a small tonnage of Asbestos included.
Landfill (Non Hazardous)15,582Calne, Wiltshire
  • Includes MRF rejected material (does not include Street sweepings or MBT residual waste)