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Where does my recycling go?

Find out where your recycling materials go once we've collected it

We collect around 6000 tonnes of recycling every year and residents often ask about the destination of the materials we collect for recycling.

Recycling material collected from the Councils kerbside scheme and recycling bring banks is initially taken to our Engine Shed Lane recycling facility in Skipton. Glass, cans and plastic are then transferred to Yorwaste's Materials Recycling Facility at Hessay, near York, for sorting and baling. Eventually, the materials are sent to the following outlets:

· Steel cans - Tata Steel in Scunthorpe (via TJ Thomson & Son in Stockton, which is an approved supplier of Tata Steel) and other steel processors in the UK.

· Aluminium cans - Novelis Recycling in Warrington.

· Glass - Glass Recycling UK in Barnsley.

· Paper and cardboard - UPM in Shotton, Wales.

. Cartons - ACE UK in partnership with Sonoco Alcore, in Halifax, West Yorkshire

· Mixed plastic - Roydon Group in Manchester, JA Young in Leicester, Corby and Derby and Eco Plastics in Lincolnshire.


View our factsheets to find out about the recycling journey of the materials collected

pdf icon Factsheet 1 - Plastic bottles [386kb]

pdf icon Factsheet 2 - Cans [320kb]

pdf icon Factsheet 3 - Paper and Cardboard [313kb]

pdf icon Factsheet 4 - Glass [303kb]

pdf icon Factsheet - Cartons [1Mb]