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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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What happens to your waste and recycling

waste collection

Every year Stockton Council collects over 81,000 tonnes of household rubbish.

Do you wonder what happens once we've collected it? 

  • 974 tonnes is taken to landfill
  • 55,338 tonnes is converted to electricity at the Energy from Waste site at Haverton Hill
  • 25,027 tonnes (over 30%) is recycled

Read the following to find out what happens to different types of waste following collection.  


Steel or aluminium cans

Cans are taken to AMG in Hartlepool where they are separated into aluminium and steel using a magnetic process and then taken through the recycling process, melted down and reformed into other metal products. 



Cardboard is taken to J&B Recycling (Hartlepool), who then transfer it to various re-processors in the UK.



Wood is taken to a local company, Tonks, who try to reuse the good quality wood. The remaining wood has metal fastenings removed and is shredded before it is sent to a mill where it is made into wood composites.



Glass is collected by Glass Recycling UK (GRUK) and J&B Recycling (Hartlepool) and then transported to the Glass Recycling UK plant in Barnsley.

The glass is separated by colour. Fastenings and lids made from other materials are removed.  The glass is then melted down in a furnace and remoulded into other glass items.


Plastic bottles

Plastic bottles are collected by J&B Recycling (Hartlepool) who then transfer it to AWS (Gloucester) for recycling. The plastic is sorted into different types and then shredded ready for reuse.             


Garden waste

All of the garden waste that we collect goes to a farmer from Wingate,  A&E Thompson, where it is recycled.


Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Things like fridges, freezers, large domestic appliances, televisions, toasters and, kettles are collected for recycling and taken to Wincanton at Billingham.

The items are placed in a large metal revolving drum and are broken up before being hand sorted for recycling. Fridges and freezers have the gas elements removed before they are recycled.


Textiles and shoes

Textiles and shoes are collected by the Salvation Army, R&S Recycling and Oxfam. The items are sorted and where possible they are sold through charity shops linked to these organisations.

Things that are not suitable for the shops are bagged and shipped abroad for use in third world countries. Items unsuitable to be sold are recycled into rags.