What happens to the materials that I put in my green recycling box?

Glass is sent to a reprocessor in Yorkshire where it is sorted and crushed. After being cleaned it is made into new glass products such as bottles and jars.

Plastic bottles are sent to a reprocessor in Leicestershire. The recycled material is then used in the making of new plastic products such as underground pipes for gas/water, waste wheelie bins and recycling bins.

Paper is sent to a paper mill in Kings Lynn where it is converted to paper for the making of newspapers and magazines.

Kitchen card/cardboard is made into half tonne bales and sent to any one of a number of mills, where it is pulped and used to make new cardboard boxes.

Cans and tins - Aluminium and steel are separated and recycled into new aluminium or steel products by reprocessors in South Wales and Birmingham.