What happens to your recycling

We collect mixed recycling from your kerbside, glass and textiles from recycling points and various materials at our recycling centres.

We have several reprocessing contracts with companies who manage this waste and transform your recyclables into reusable products or materials. Find out what happens to each item. 

Items Where they go What they become
Mixed recycling (collected from the kerbside and at recycling centres To the William Tracey Group at Linwood  Various new products 
Cardboard (collected at recycling centres)  To Saica Natur or DS Smith for reprocessing Packaging and paper products, covering material on plasterboard
Cooking oil To Olleco’s biodiesel plant in Liverpool  100% biodiesel
Earth and rubble To either Bridgend Sand and Gravel in King Edward, A and M Smith in Portlethen or Lovie Quarry and Concrete Products They supplement virgin aggregate  
Electrical appliances To Repic for recycling
Recolight recycles gas discharge lamps seperately 
The Repic website explains what happens with specific items
Food waste To Keenan Recycling in New Deer Compost 
Garden waste To Keenan Recycling in New Deer or A and M Smith in Portlethen Compost 
Glass Glass is separated into colours and goes to Viridor in Mid Lothian They crush and clean the glass, then make new bottles and jars 
Household batteries To G and P Batteries where they sort the batteries by chemistry type  A variety of products including more batteries and materials for the steel industry 
Lead acid (vehicles) batteries To a local scrap merchant, then to a specialist recycler of lead acid batteries  
Oil (engine) Northburn Industrial Services in Coatbridge collects engine oil from our recycling centres They process it to produce high specification fuel oil or recycle it for re-use as base oil 
Refillable gas cannisters Recoverycyl collects them from our recycling centres  
Scrap metal Local scrap merchants, Panda Rosa and Williamson collect the metal for sorting, then send it to Corus Various new products 
Textiles The Salvation Army or Nathan's Wastesavers collect them from our recycling centres Local people re-use them when possible or they send them for national or international use
Tyres Sapphire Energy Recovery in Dunbar collects tyres from our recycling centres Sapphire bulk and ship the tyres to Lafarge Cement where they shred and use them as fuel in the kilns to make cement as part of an energy from waste initiative
Wood Keenan Recycling Limited in New Deer, A&M Smith in Portlethen or SUEZ collect wood from our recycling centres Compost or chipboard

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