What happens to your waste and recycling

Refuse workers putting recycling waste into the wagon

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Every year Stockton Council collects over 82,000 tonnes of household rubbish.

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

  • 376 tonnes is taken to landfill
  • 59,467 tonnes is converted to electricity at the Energy from Waste site at Haverton Hill
  • 21,724 tonnes (over 26%) is recycled

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



Newspapers, Magazines etc  are taken to J&B Recycling (Hartlepool), who then transfer them to a paper mill in the UK to be  recycled, mainly into newsprint.


Plastic, Cans and Cardboard

These are taken to J&B Recycling’s Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Hartlepool for sorting using a variety of modern, high tech processes, plus a final quality control check by hand, into aluminium, steel,  plastic bottle, pots tubs and trays, card and cardboard. These are then transferred to various reprocessors, mainly in the UK and Europe for recycling into a wide variety of products



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.



Mixed Glass Bottles are taken to J&B Recycling, who then transfer it to reprocessors in the UK where it is sorted into different colours, melted and recycled back into glass for a variety of uses.


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.