Recycling: what happens next?
Your recycling is
stored temporarily at our Garth Road waste transfer station, then taken to Viridor Material
in Crayford, Kent. Here the materials are separated and sent on to various re-processors.
- Paper is sent to
a paper mill where it is sorted into different grades.
is mixed to a pulp with water and chemicals to release the ink from the fibres.
such as plastic bags and string are removed from the pulp, which is then de-inked.
cleaned, de-inked pulp is thickened and stored in silos until it is ready to be made into new products.
the pulp is dried and pressed into large reels of paper. These are cut into smaller pieces and distributed
is crushed and cleaned of contaminants such as paper labels and bottle tops.
crushed class is usually mixed
with raw materials, melted at a high temperature in a furnace, and made into new bottles and jars. Alternatively,
it can be used as material to build roads.
and steel cans are separated and shredded.
- The shredded
cans are melted, cleaned, and the alloy composition is checked.
molten metal is cast into ingots, which are rolled into sheets of steel or aluminium of different thickness.
rolled metal can be used to make a variety of new products such as cans, food trays, dairy lids
and chocolate wrappers.
Plastic bottles, tubs,
trays and pots
- These are sorted by type
and colour before being sent to a plastics reprocessor.
the reprocessor the bottles are shredded into flakes.
flakes are washed and contaminants, such as paper from labels are removed.
are then melted and other materials such as stabilizers are blended in.
molten plastic is forced down a heated tube. It emerges in a thin strip, which is chopped up to form
- The pellets are used as raw materials for many new
products such as drainage pipes, electrical fittings, clothing, compost bins and kerbside boxes.
is separated out and sent to a mill where it is recycled
in a similar way to paper.
are separated from other materials, formed into bales and
sent to a pulper, like a giant food mixer, which breaks them down into different components. These can
then be separated out and made into new products such as high strength paper bags and envelopes.
Viridor Waste Management
Telephone: 020 8274 4902
63-69 Amenity Way
This page was last updated on Monday 16 December 2013