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Tonnes Recycled

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In the past year* a fantastic 200,547 tonnes of material was recycled in Devon!

Find out how much of each material has been recycled, what happens to it and what they are recycled into:

Cardboard - 11,4482 tonnes recycled,

Where to Recycle: Most kerbsides or Recycling Centres

What happens: cardboard is pulped and then reprocessed into corrugated card or cardboard boxes.         

                            

Steel and Aluminium - 5,084 tonnes recycled

Where to Recycle: Some kerbsides or Recycling Centres

What happens: metal is melted in a furnace and then used to make new metal products such as tins, cans and even aeroplanes!

 

Organic waste (food and garden) - 92,346 tonnes recycled

Where to Recycle: Some kerbsides or Recycling Centres

What happens: organic waste is either composted for use on farms or processed via an Anaerobic Digestion facility to provide heat and power. Click here for handy information on how to reduce food waste and click here for helpful advice on composting at home.

 

Plastics - 3,286 tonnes recycled

Where to Recycle: Some kerbsides or Recycling Centres

What happens: plastic is sorted into different grades and then sent to the correct reprocessor where it is turned into new plastic items such as bottles, fleeces and food containers.    

                  

Textiles - 5,362 tonnes recycled

Where to Recycle: Some kerbsides, Recycling Centres or Recycling Banks.

What happens: good quality textiles are reused and sent to African markets and lower quality textiles are turned into rags and cloths for cleaning. Learn to love your clothes, with information on repairing and caring for your clothes here

 

Glass - 22,556 tonnes recycled

Where to Recycle: Some kerbsides, Recycling Centres or Recycling Banks.

What happens: glass is sorted into different colours, washed and broken into small pieces called cullet. It is then reformed to make new bottles and jars, road material and construction products.

 

Paper - 19,683 tonnes recycled

Where to Recycle: Some kerbsides, Paper Banks or Recycling Centres

What happens: paper is pulped and used to make new paper materials including newspapers and magazines.

 

Electrical Items - 6,458 tonnes recycled

Where to Recycle: Some kerbsides or Recycling Centres

What happens: electrical items are stripped down to their component materials e.g.. plastics and metals. These are then reprocessed into new items depending on the grade of material. Typical items include traffic cones, new steel products or even new circuit boards.

 

Wood - 18,011 tonnes recycled

Where to Recycle: Recycling Centres

What happens: most wood is recycled into new wood products such as chipboard and a small fraction is used to create biomass energy.

 

Mattresses and Carpets - 2,883 tonnes recycled

Where to Recycle: Recycling Centres

What happens: mattresses and carpets are reprocessed  by splitting them down into their component parts and recycling them into a range of different items. These include insulation, new metal items and even sports surfaces.

Other items - 13,397 tonnes recycled

*These figures are calculated using financial year data spanning from 1st April 2016 - 31st March 2017